Our bed frame broke while I was preparing our room for new paint. It was a holiday weekend, & I had new mattresses being delivered on the Monday holiday. After searching locally and on-line for a few hours, I was hesitant to order, since I needed the cast iron bed rail fastener before the new mattresses arrived. But, how to get them here in time was a challenge, since it happened on a Friday morning. I called and spoke to a lovely, very helpful, lady. She said they could ship overnight with UPS but that it would be pricey, since it was Saturday delivery. I asked for USPS express mail overnight (I am familiar with priority mail express since I work at a post office) and she made it happen! My package arrived the very next morning, and they were a perfect... even better quality than the original fastener that was used when our Amish bed was built about 27 years ago! Thank you so very much for the help and kindness and prompt service!!!
After designing a Shaker bed I researched and found the antique hardware from Paxton hardware. The spec sheet was helpful and straight forward. The mortises have an 11 degree side angle which proved more difficult to cut but even with a straight cut, the hardware holds very tight. The rail fasteners locked very well into place and the overall result looks great. I had to pay very careful attention to the two guides on the back of the fastener as they too are tapered and not evenly set apart from the screw holes. Be careful not to drill too large a hole for the guides or they will be visible when mounted. It would have helped to include a template, though I made mine, it took longer than expected because the guides are hidden when trying to insert the fastener. The product is excellent and the mailing time very good., only 3 days from ordering. Definitely a good buy.
Communications with Paxton Harware is simple and fast. They answered my questions in a jiffy. The website offers exact measures and pictures and is very easy to navigate. I knew exactly the total cost and delivery time prior to my purchase. The specialized bed fastener was delivered in record time. It was exactly what I needed. Thank you Paxton Hardware for such an easy purchase!
The fasteners I purchased were to replace similar fasteners on a bed more than 60 years old. The new fasteners were exactly what I needed. They were as advertised, and arrived promptly. My purchase was a satisfying experience.
A great product. Strong cast iron wouldn't think of using anything else for any bed, especially heavy duty bed construction. Would recommend going with the bigger size because of the ribbed shoulder. the smaller ones have pins which require more details for students to install.