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    Also need help finding

    I have a square salt box made as a gift several years ago. I saw this and being a spinny guy, I gotta make it http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/sku7755242/index.cfm?pkey=xsrd0m1%7C16%7C%7C%7C0%7C%7C%7C%7C% 7C%7C%7Csalt%20box&cm%5Fsrc=SCH . I have magnets, but I'm looking for the correct stainless steel hinge for the pivot. The real spendy box on the next page uses both hinge and magnet. Help with sources?
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    Silly me Jim. I bought one of these from Williams-Sonoma when I should be making them. I took it apart and the "hinge" is nothing more than a stainless-steel spring pin (see below). I would think any SS pin would work.



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    Gentlemen, My sincerest thanks for the idea.

    I'm the main cook in the house and I use a lot of kosher salt. I use it because you can pinch a small amount up. I've been using a little sugar bowl that came with a set of dinnerware, but my big ole fingers just don't fit.

    This looks like a great project that I can size just right, and it might get me on my way to bowl making!
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    And right you are Bret. The salt box would make a nice complement to your cutting boards.

    As shown in the pictures, the magnet is a quarter to a half way around the lid. I was thinking about my post above and I think the choice of spring pin is to to add enough friction to keep the lid from lifting off. Mine also uses two magnets set so opposite poles attract. If you swing the lid, it "jumps" closed.
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    Oh heck no!!! Brent...you can not have my idea...I don't care who had it first or what catalog it came from, you have to buy it from me!!!!
    Frank !! where can I get those pins?? Many thanks to the both of you!!
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    Jim thanks for the idea i work with a personal chef and this would be a great addition to our cooking supplies i will get my husband to make me one or ten right away hehe
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    Jim, Bret, and Dawn,

    Looks like we will all be making these.

    The spring pin is a common hardware item, Lowes, Home Depot (in the hardware department, in the pull out drawer section), or even an auto parts or boating store should sell them; if not on line.

    It is rolled piece of metal in a tight "C" shape: (The hole should be slightly smaller than the pin O.D.)



    I'll add the magnets should be easy to find also. In mine, the magnets are about 3/16" in diameter. I have purchased Neodymium magnets from eBay. Neodymium are exceptionally strong for their size.

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    I was actually thinking of using a small piece of 1/4" threaded rod.

    You could only turn it one way, but, hmmm...

    Lots of interesting options here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Townend View Post
    Jim, Bret, and Dawn,

    Looks like we will all be making these.

    The spring pin is a common hardware item, Lowes, Home Depot (in the hardware department, in the pull out drawer section), or even an auto parts or boating store should sell them; if not on line.

    It is rolled piece of metal in a tight "C" shape: (The hole should be slightly smaller than the pin O.D.)



    I'll add the magnets should be easy to find also. In mine, the magnets are about 3/16" in diameter. I have purchased Neodymium magnets from eBay. Neodymium are exceptionally strong for their size.

    Thanks Frank i'll be out tomarrow and probably pick some up
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    Follow this link to the magnets on ebay...

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=360096533284
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