good purchase01/05/2015 ByMonsieur George Good quality brackets at a reasonable price. I found the same or similar brackets at two other online retailers: One retailer wanted double what alanrichardtextiles.com is selling the brackets for, and the other retailer wanted almost double as well. I fabricated my own rods because I wanted thicker rods. I used wooden 5/8" rods, available at Home Depots in 36" and 48" lengths. I cut them to size and sanded both ends of the rod so the rod can be thinner at both ends and slide into the brackets. I stained the wooden rods with Minwax Dark Walnut. After they dried I applied 3 coats of clearcoat, allowing about 1-1/2 hours between coats. The stained wooden rods look nice with the brass brackets.
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