Where to find door pin ball stud catch thingies for steel kitchen cabinet doors

catches-kitchen-cabinet-doorsOver the years, we have received many questions about where to get various fixit parts for steel kitchen cabinets. But with 70+ vintage brands out there, these questions are tough indeed — we’re really dependent on readers discovering and testing options. Today: Reader Shawn hit some pay dirt, and was able to find new door pin ballstud catches that he could use to close his wall cabinet doors snugly.

push-in-stemsShawn says these catches worked for both the Geneva and Youngstown cabinets that he is using in his project — and he has extras, if you need a few, too:

I found a solution for missing door pins/ballstud catches. I found that these work on Genevas and Youngstowns. Thread size 8/32. I have about 90 left. PM or Email me swolfe1@neo.rr.com. $1.00 ea or 12 for $10.00

These thingies are called “Lift the Dot” Stud catches — the company that makes them says they were originally developed to hold canvas tops on horse and buggy carriages in place! 

Shawn found them on ebay here.

I don’t know how Shawn got these into the doors themselves — presumably he was using pre-existing holes (replacing door pins that had been there before), so they cozied right in.

Push-in stem door / drawer bumpers, too:

Also — Shawn found a source for “push-in stem door/drawer bumpers” — those little rubber baby buggy bumper black dots on the inside of a kitchen cabinet door that let it rest gently against the metal cabinet box.


Thank you, Shawn!!

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  1. says

    Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers! Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers! Thanks for the blast from the past Pam, and the handy tip!

    Now if only we could find a hinge for our Youngstown cabinet – it’s hanging on by a thread…at least we know to go to you for the answer!

    Mod B

    • Mary Elizabeth says

      Leave it to RR readers to find these things.

      Leave it to Pam to let us know about what others found!

      And leave it to the Amish, the original Retro Renovators, to keep manufacturing something that may have gone out of style but is just what we still need in our everyday lives. I have bought some wonderful things that our grandmothers and mothers used from a catalog called Lehmans Simple Products for a Simpler Life (lehmans.com). One is a wood, metal and rope outdoor clothes dryer that is the envy of my neighbors. You might try them for some of the other discontinued hardware you need.

  2. says

    I used small loose magnets to keep my doors closed. They come in different strengths. It took a little experimenting to find the right ones, but they work great!

  3. Lori Roper says

    Gutting kitchen now and putting back Crane, Geneva, & Youngstown… Going to buy:
    Swisco 79-018 for the rubber bummers
    Swisco 75-077 Slider Slicker Track Lubricant for metal-on-metal drawers (not tried yet, but most just need less junk in them… unlike wood drawers you can put a lot in them but they don’t work as well…)
    Harvesting off others for catches & hinges… (may have extra when done…)
    But still can not find drawer roller replacements (about 1-1/8″ OD and 1/4″ thick with only 5/16″ for total clearance…) Looking at Swisco 10-137… HELP.

  4. Laurie says

    That’s great news. I have 27 St. Charles cabinets (they look like they’d work on them also).
    I have the issue of finding the plastic square part that the lift dot stud goes in to. On 1 of my cabinets, 1/2 of the plastic is broken. Been looking everywhere, but can’t find anything like it.

  5. Kristin Valicek says

    We have a Youngstown Kitchen in an old ranch house. We are looking to refurbish the cabinets and need to replace countertops & refinish the steel/porcelain sink — we want to know our options. There is a corner piece that we are told has a water heater in it – are there options to retrofit? Do you have any info on this? Thank you very much!

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