Snipe hinges (also known as cotter pin, or staple hinges), are the simplest and probably the earliest hinges used on American furniture.
They are installed as shown in this drawing. Each half is pushed through a hole drilled at a slant through the board from the back. The protruding points are spread apart, bent, and clinched back into the wood. Always pre-drill your holes. Wood splitting is likely to occur if you do not.
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Terry is a native of Tennessee and has worked for us for several years. He makes our long strap hinges, H & HL's, slide bolts, and rattail hinges in addition to doing all of the custom fabrication.
Horton Brasses produces more than 1,000 different pieces of authentic reproduction furniture and cabinet hardware at our factory in Connecticut. We use brass, iron, and various hardwoods to make knobs, drawer pulls, hinges, shelf pegs, bed bolts, casters, hooks and even clock finials!
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