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Rudyard

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I made one yesterday from a 4" Galved nail . I just drive a tapered off inside end onto a pre cleaned out slot which was normal it cant get out and it dosn't need to be proper spring there is enough in a common nail if you want a fuller button end use a clue head 6" nail more meat to play with . Where theres a will there's a sobbng relation ?( Pam Ayers) .
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Hi,
I can't tell from your photos but do have the brass end cap installed on the lid? Don't do any fitting of the latch until you do.

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I have always made my latch springs in two pieces, silver brazed with silvaloy 355. May not be the original method, but I get it the way I want it to be and work.

 

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Huh?

Shirley, you can't be serious?

😆 Absolutely! With the button centered in the brass end cap, you can angle the other end of the spring a few degrees as needed. I don't have pictures available right now, but I have done a couple of patchbox covers this way. Can't tell a thing from the exterior, but it simply worked better in those particular situations.
 

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😆 Absolutely! With the button centered in the brass end cap, you can angle the other end of the spring a few degrees as needed. I don't have pictures available right now, but I have done a couple of patchbox covers this way. Can't tell a thing from the exterior, but it simply worked better in those particular situations.
I don't know about originals, but I have seen a few modern builds done that way. No one can tell from the outside.
 

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There is a pointed end latch I use , usually in the catalogs next to the one being mentioned. It's easier to install and what makes it so , is the latch end is placed where it goes and the shank point end , is rotated ccw until the latch is perfect. Inlet and secure with two tiny flat head screws. No muss , No fuss
 
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