We live in a house from the 20s and I am rehabbing a built-in "dresser". I found the original nickel drawer pulls in a box in the basement. They look great and they match the rest of the nickel hardware in the room, but unfortunately most of the screws are missing. The screws look just like modern 1-inch drawer-pull screws (machine screws) but instead of an 8-32 thread they are 8-24. I can't re-tap the holes in the pulls as 8-32 because they are too shallow and I'm sure they won't hold. (My 8-32 tap has "starter threads" for the first 1/4 inch so it just won't work.)
So right now I am stuck. I'd really love to restore the original hardware, but I have no way to attach them securely. Does anybody have any suggestions about where I might be able to find replacement screws? I need16 of them. Or maybe somebody can think of another way to securely attach the pulls? I have called and emailed a number of antique hardware sites, but nobody seems to know what I am talking about. Modern hardware stores (etc.) carry 8-32 and (rarely) 8-36 but not 8-24. I might even be willing to pay to have custom screws made, if I could find somebody that would do it.
-- Eric Pearson, Huntington Woods, Michigan
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