Today I am in receipt of the brasses for the walnut side table I’m making.
The handles were ordered from Optimum Brasses and quality wise, they are virtually useable as is, with just a few casting blemishes.
The first thing I do when I receive new brasses is to place them in position on the piece of furniture in order to assess them. If I wasn’t copying an extant side table, as in this instance, I would have said these handles were a tad large and I’d have chosen something more petite. However, as I am attempting to make a copy of this table, I aim to replicate the brasses as best as possible and these handles are the best match I could come up with – short of making them myself.
Comparing the new backplates to the backplates in the original image, it appears the match isn’t perfect; the upper and lower central protuberances are more exaggerated on the new ones.
Being the aristarch that I am, I just can’t mount the brasses onto the drawers as they are without some fettling – so out with the files and scrapers and then to the buffing wheel!
Before finally subjecting the brasses to the Bucket of Wrath, I’ll drill some post holes in a mock drawer front and mount the handles on it so I can correct any misalignment issues and check their operation.
* An alloy of copper and zinc (such as brass).
Clive Edwards, Encyclopedia of Furniture Materials, Trades and Techniques, Ashgate Publishing, 2001, p. 11.