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Unplated slotted wood screws

MarK_Kuzee's picture

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Looking for a good supplier of these screws. Seems every old garage has a few cans of rusty old screws. Now that I need some seems everyone has cleaned out the garage.

Just looking for a quality steel screw for furniture restoration projects.

Sgian_Dubh's picture

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Try,
Bayou City Bolt & Supply,
6331 Cullen,
PO BOX 330264,
Houston, TX., 77233.

713 747 9944.
Minimum order about $30 as I recall. Sliante.

MarK_Kuzee's picture

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Sorry, but no luck with Bayou city.

Barney_Howard's picture

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Forget the exotic suppliers and go to a plain old hardware store. I live in a small town in Central Oregon, with 2 hardware stores that both carry all the unplated slotted wood screws you could possibly want.

William_Tandy_Young's picture

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Mark:
Buy standard plated screws and cook the heads in muriatic acid. Turns them a lovely dull gray. You can get different effects (rust, etc.) if you don't rinse off all the acid right away. Do this outdoors or in a spray booth. The fumes can be a bit much. I put just a little acid in a plastic dram measure medicine cup.

Or, you can do a thorough rinse and patinate the now chemically clean screw heads with various chemicals to turn them black, brown, blue, etc. Very satisfying.

MarK_Kuzee's picture

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Looks like a good reason for a road trip.

I live near the second largest population center outside of Detroit in Michigan. I have contacted no fewer than 10 local hardwares (old/new/big/small). No one has a clue about these. When I say I want unplated steel slotted wood screws, they start talking about brass. Kinda funny actually.

I guess I'm, well..............."screwed"

MarK_Kuzee's picture

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Looks like a good reason for a road trip.

I live near the second largest population center outside of Detroit in Michigan. I have contacted no fewer than 10 local hardwares (old/new/big/small). No one has a clue about these. When I say I want unplated steel slotted wood screws, they start talking about brass. Kinda funny actually.

I guess I'm, well..............."screwed"

Rob_Millard's picture

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I just burn the plating off with a propane torch. Heat them up until the are red hot,and dump them in a bucket of water. Sometimes this won't get the plating out of the slot, but a pass with a hack saw will remove it. I make 18th century reproductions and I like the black/blue color this gives them.

John_Adams's picture

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Five months later, I stumbled on this discussion ... anyway, in case it'll help someone:

A kit, containing various sizes, in mixed quantities of unplated slotted wood screws may be had from Brownell's, a gunsmith supply in Iowa (seek their website). Refill packages, perhaps by the hundred are also available, and they will more than likely negotiate for larger quantities, or offer the name of their source if you need sizes beyond their offering.

For production quantities, you should search Thomas Register for wholesale distributors of fasteners, or visit the WW Grainger distributor in the nearest large city. Good luck!