Over 20 years ago, I bought a batch of brackets that made building bookcases and such much easier, but I haven't been able to find them since. Anyone know where they can be purchased? Picture shows the '3-way' bracket for a single shelf. They also made simple corner brackets and '4-way' for a shelf on both sides. Thanks. Forrest
It was a store called Hechinger's in Columbus, OH...one of those big hardware/lumber places like Home Depot and Lowes, but the company went out of business long ago. These are so useful that I find it hard to believe they aren't everywhere. I've tried online searches as well, but without a really precise term the chances of finding anything are small.
It's possible that those specific brackets are someplace, but you could spend hours looking for them and never find them. And you're right about the correct terminology - I found a lot of brackets with names I'd never heard of, and some that I'd like to use for my own projects.
I've tried Meisel and Rockler and found a lot of brackets, but none like the photo you posted.
There used to be a source for historic hardware, such as might be used in This Old House period projects, but I can't remember the name of the catalogue.
I doubt they go back far enough for a "period" catalog. Even at Hechinger's, I just stumbled across them by accident, in an unmarked box on a bottom shelf. I don't have much good work space (or a lot of tools/clamps), so having these to get boards lined up quickly and well is a major plus. Not like it's a complex design, simplicity and common sense. No wonder they aren't around.
I don't have the tools, but I know someone who does...who said it looked easy to make. Now, whether it's easier to make a bunch of these or easier to build the bookcase without them is another question.