The Poor Man’s CNC…

Fastcap distributed by the Mayor of Hardware

Well maybe this doesn’t have the capabilities of a CNC, but it’s an easy way to do “selective drilling.”

Use it on site or in the field.

Watch Brian Way show us how –

Another time saver from Fastcap!!

If you need more info contact your local Fastcap distributor or you can leave your questions below…

I’m happy to help!

Are You Up On The Latest Handle Trend?

Lilly Handle

Decorative hardware is always difficult to predict.  You never know what’s going to take off and what’s going to be a dog…

There seems to be a growing demand for square handles…

Currently the ones on the market are a little high priced for closets.

I have been selling the above Lilly handles for about two years and it’s really beginning to gain popularity.

Is it as nice as the expensive ones – Not really…

Once I tell customers it’s half the price… it gets much nicer.  :0)

Some of my customers are beginning to replace the stainless steel bar handles with the Lilly handles…

If you would like more info about this collection or have a hardware question please don’t hesitate to contact me at richdemarco@optonline.net

The Mayor’s Hardware Review – AWFS 2013…

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Many of the exhibitors had new items on display – from battery operated LED closet rods to decorative European hinges… This is part 1 of my review of AWFS – Hope you enjoy it!

Here is a look at 4 items that I thought were interesting –

Light up rod and mini light

The above photo shows two different types of battery operated LED lights for closets or cabinets.  Yes you heard me battery operated…

The LED closet rod comes in 5 different sizes, features a motion sensor and can be trimmed…

The mini LED light fits into your 32mm hole pattern and is great for adding extra light to your shelving sections – Think about how cool a light up shoe section would be or imagine lighting up the inside of drawers…                             Salice hinge-1                     Salice hinge-2

Next – European decorative hinges by Salice – the pictures doesn’t do it justice…

It comes in chrome, brass, orb and more wood grains than I can remember.  It features soft close and the installs like a standard European hinge.

If you’re installing high end closets, cabinets or furniture, you may want consider offering this… I have never seen anything like it and it could be what separates you from your competition…

Torque Hinge

Another interesting hinge that I saw was the “Torque Hinge.”  At first look it appeared to be a heavy duty butt hinge… After playing with the display I was very impressed…

The stainless steel hinge can be surface mounted on any toy chest or cabinet and it will allow the door to be held in any position or angle without the need of a flap stay.  All of a sudden those flip up doors have become very easy to install… For heavier doors, just add more hinges…

Your turn – What was your favorite part of AWFS 2013?

Was it the Stiles machine tour of Tanked?   New hardware or all of the new board colors??

Stay tuned for next week’s post for more on AWFS.  As alway if I can be of any assistance please don’t hesitate to contact me at richdemarco@optonline.net

 

Tips & Tricks for Installing Push Open Hardware –

This post is all about – the down and dirty of push open hardware….

If you take anything away from this post it’s to make sure that you don’t install these slides on drawers over 24” wide, you could have a problem.

Another important tip coming at you in 3, 2, 1 – For the push mechanism to work properly there needs to be an 1/8” – ¼” gap between the faces and the cabinetry.  This could be a problem if not going wall to wall…  To avoid a customer pointing this out you might want to add an extra vertical to hide that gap…

Ok so you are ready to screw on the slides…

A standard ½” side clearance works just fine… The main difference is that the drawer and cabinet members need to be set back 5mm from the front edge…

The next difference will only affect some of you, ideally the slide should be mounted a 1-1/4” from the bottom of the drawer… If you follow these instructions when you push the drawer it will open almost completely by itself.

What about the doors you ask?

This is easy… Salice sells a push – open European hinge, it mounts and installs exactly the same way your “regular” hinges work… You need to install a touch latch, otherwise the door has no way of staying open…   Simple right?

This is another way for you to look a little different than everybody else…

Have you had any experiences selling push open hardware?  Do you have clients requesting drawers and doors without decorative hardware?  Or do you feel that decorative hardware is the jewelry that finishes off the dress?

If you have any questions about push open hardware or my fashion sense please feel free to contact me at richdemarco@optonline.net

Your Hardware Tip – Ask these 3 questions before you purchase those slides…

At this point we all agree that your customers want soft close slides in their closets.  We can also agree that using a side-mount full extension is much easier than using an under-mount.

Every manufacturer of full extension slides has introduced a soft close version and believe me not all are created equal…

In an effort to prevent those dreaded service calls I came up with a list of 3 questions that you should ask before you make that purchase…

  1. Is it ½” side clearance?  There are many slides on the market that require an extra 1/16” for proper installation.  Yes, if you don’t account for that 1/16” your drawer will bind.
  2. How wide and how deep of a drawer has the slide been tested on?   If a slide is tested, typically it’s for a standard kitchen drawer – 24” wide X 4” high X 22” deep.  Will it work for your hutch drawer that is 30” wide X 10” high X 18” deep?  How much will it cost you to be the guinea pig?
  3. Is it really a full extension slide?  To fit the soft close mechanism some slide manufacturers have shorted the drawer member making the slide more of a ¾” extension.  This presents a problem on all of those 12” and 14” slides that you use.

Bonus question – is there a 12” available?  Many of the manufacturers have not figured out how to make a 12” slide yet… A real problem if you are making a 12” deep closet…

Your turn, what has been your experience with soft close slides?

I help individuals and organizations to be successful… For more information about soft close slides feel free to contact me at 347-723-7433 or you can email me at richdemarco@optonline.net.