I'm sure you all have them. Here's one that that I've been promising for a number of years. We're in good shape, financially, because getting my wife to spend money is like pulling teeth. She drives an old rusted BMW during the winter because she can't justify a new car if the 25 year old beater still works. I, on the other hand, have no problem spending money.
She spilled the contents of her purse a few times because the clasp would no longer stay shut. Mark Cross is out of business and there are no new clasps available. A luggage repair place wanted a fortune to put a new clasp on it, but she didn't like the style, so it ended up on my Honey Do list. According to her, the purse isn't worn, it just has "patina".
It's amazing how much equipment was needed to make this repair.
Here's the problem. As the clasp closes a spring-loaded brass plunger puts pressure on the clap to keep it open. You can see the brass part between the clasp base and the clasp flipper, for lack of a better word. When you close the clasp the plunger gets pushed into the base and pops up again to rest on the flat spot you see on the flipper. This is what should have kept the clasp closed.
I drilled off the peened end of the hinge pin and drove out the pin. Once I removed the flipper I could plainly see what the problem was. The 90° angle between the flat spots wore away the top of the brass plunger. This lack of material lessened the spring tension until the clasp would no longer stay closed. I got out my letter drill set (very small increments between sizes) and found one that fit into the spring hole in the plunger.
Using my acetylene torch on a very low setting I was able to use some brazing rod to build up a new wear surface. The exact sized drill bit retained the integrity of the spring hole while welding.
After some filing I chucked the drill bit into a battery powered drill and used a fine file to finish shaping the part.
Reassembled the clasp and checked it's operation.
Wife's happy. My work here is done.
What's on your Honey Do list?