John Bullar, Woodworkers Institute, was so impressed with the neat team this is what he says - ‘Overall I was impressed by the quality of construction and simplicity of use …’ and ‘…they provide a near infallible way of completing a fine box.’ Click here to view full article at woodworkersinstitute.com (May 2013)
Alan Englefield, Architectural box maker, Ace Marquetry Ltd, has this to say about the neat hinges – ‘ These are simply great hinges. Precision engineered and easy to fit.’
How does the neat lock compare to other box locks? The neat lock is the only machined full mortise lock on the market, it makes a solid, audible sound when opened and closed. Similar to the neat hinge it is sturdy and comes with a quality high polished finish. The screws are the same size and high quality as those used for the hinges. There are no lugs sticking out and the plates are flat and smooth.
The Neat lock has been endorsed by fellow box maker Andrew Crawford in his newsletter (November 2012). His comments regarding the Neat Lock are – ‘… it’s solid, excellently made, functions well – feels good [lovely satisfying click], and is beautifully finished. What more could anyone possibly want?!… the quality and finish of the Neat Lock make it stand out from the crowd and I will certainly be using it in the future.’
How has the Neat Range improved further? We are continually striving to improve our neat hardware and have listened carefully to all customer feedback since the launch last year. Hinge leaves are now 8.00mm. We are also planning to add a Glide action feature to further enhance the hinge action, allowing for the hinge to be machined to a snug fit and so remove any side to side play, and yet ensure a smooth open and close action every time!
To demonstrate our Neat Team spirit and that Teamwork is best we are now offering £5 off each pair of hinges bought with a matching neat lock, so a pair of brass neat hinges with a brass neat lock is now £58 (normally £63) , while a pair of neat hinge s/steel and s/steel neat lock are now £79 (normally £84) – see our hardware page and select Neat Team!
The neat range is available in polished stainless steel and brass, and is very competitively priced. Brass hinges at £25 per pair, Stainless steel hinges at £36 per pair - includes two sets of screws, and postage throughout Europe and USA. The neat lock brass is £36 each, and the stainless steel lock £48 – includes two sets of screws, and postage throughout Europe and USA
Discount is available for Neat Orders of 10 or more items. If you have any queries or would like to place an order, then please contact us on 028 90 836 987, email@example.com or go to www.hawthornecrafts.com
We are now offering a bespoke key service. Do you want an extra special heirloom well now we can provide a pair of keys in stainless steel, brass, gold or sterling silver. You can then have your logo, crest or design in the bow of the key. Contact me for more details firstname.lastname@example.org
I am happy to say that the brass Neat locks and Neat hinges are now back in stock. It is also possible to purchase a spare key.
I’ve not been blogging much recently as I’ve been extremely busy with boxes and with the new Neat lock. Sales of the Neat lock have gone through the roof so thank you to everyone who pre-ordered and then came back for more! I just received a large batch of stainless steel and they’ve already been bought by a single maker. So in light of the Neat Lock popularity I will be ordering much more stock in the future to keep up with demand. Going forward, I have started a worldwide patent to protect it from being copied.