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Caped Crusader

Registered: 06-2007
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It all looks great but I'm having a heck of a time finding handles for the door. It would really be helpful to know where you got them.

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Hm. I can't find the exact pair I used, but they are a lot like these:

http://www.directdoorhardware.com/Weslock/LegacyLeverhandle.htm

And then the medallion part I ordered separately from:

http://www.chinesebrasshardware.com/Cabinet%20Face%20Plates/


I had to drill my own holes in the face plate, and then cut some bits off the handles to make them work together. I left the main pins coming out of the handles in place, and they poke right through the medallion halves. So after cementing the handles and medallion together, it's the pins coming from the handles that actually fit into the holes drilled in the door.

I believe I paid around $60 for the handles and about $30 for the medallion. It's about 9" diameter. After fastening it all together I ran over it with some primer and flecked bronze paint, then very roughly sanded it, then primed and painted lightly again. Did the same thing for the lock and hinges, to give them all the same matching weathered appearance.

My handles are actually a lever set for one door, each handle goes on one side of the door. If you look closely, you'll see my right handle actually has 2 screw holes that the left does not. But when you grab them, they can actually turn outwards. I would have liked to rig this to actually unlatch something, but that would have been a lot of work if at all possible.

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Awesome brother! Thanks again. This is not a cheap project for sure. But it will make a great addition to the Batcave I'm building in the basement. I priced and selected wood yesterday and have determined that this thing is going to be fairly heavy as well.

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You'll want something like these on the bottom:

http://img.waffleimages.com/dd0dbab3fc64f642f8789f3ed095e8092df35e99/caster55.JPG

You can use regular wheels too, but I found they looked too industrial and utilitarian. I couldn't seem them blending in with the rest of it.

One guideline I tried to abide by was to limit my closet to 3 colors in all: black, gold (brass, whatever), and the wood stain color. Keep it simple. I like to think of mine as an art project, a sculpture almost. A functional sculpture, but a 3 dimensional art piece nonetheless. Focus on symmetry, balance, lighting, angles, and what the viewer will be hit with as soon as they open the doors. This is why I built my suit to hang a bit lower than the real one, so when you open the doors, you are at eye level with Batman. This is also why I put my handles up high, directly in front of the cowl. It forces you to look where I want you to when you open it.

There's a fine line between making it look like a decorative display and making it look like you really are the god damn Batman.

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Actually, I've got a design to hide the wheels so it shouldn't matter what they look like. I'll stick to the color scheme that you defined as it seems to be the most screen accurate anyway. This thing is going to be pretty good sized. I'll start on it this weekend and will send progress pics.

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