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Tool Chest Refurb #19: A Latch!!

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 05-04-2014 01:36 PM 1185 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 18: Final Hardware Install Part 19 of Tool Chest Refurb series Part 20: A Piece of the Puzzle Arrives »

Only thing this chest has aggravated me with since completion is an inability to open and close it easily. I’ve not slammed the lid on my finger (yet), but both activities have been two-handed operations. Didn’t like that, had my eyes open for a solution, and found this:

How to mount it? Glad you asked.

Drilled some holes, then worked the slot.

Used a carving tool to set in the hinge pin assy…

Here’s under the lid~

Add a little matching paint, and we’re done.

Now to find a very long-legged ‘poultry-staple’ kinda deal to use as the catch. Legs to go through the entire chest wall and clinch on the inside, like the original hinge nails do.

Thanks for looking!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive



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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 05-04-2014 04:11 PM

The finish is in the detail Smitty.
Looking really good, all you need now is an anvil & forge
to make the staple :)
Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Brit

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#2 posted 05-04-2014 08:31 PM

Looks like it has always been there Smitty.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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stefang

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#3 posted 05-04-2014 08:50 PM

Looks good Smitty.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Mauricio

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#4 posted 05-04-2014 09:19 PM

Great finish Smitty!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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racerglen

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#5 posted 05-04-2014 10:15 PM

Nicely done Smitty !
Want to help with my Grandfathers chest now ? ;-)

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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Bob Current

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#6 posted 05-04-2014 10:49 PM

Perfect, anything else would have looked like sore thumb.

-- When you are wrong admit it, when you are right forget it.

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Brit

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#7 posted 05-04-2014 11:20 PM

Thought you might enjoy this Smitty.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAt6RxwMj7Y

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#8 posted 05-05-2014 10:53 AM

Jamie, if I find the right wire, it’ll get done. I have a plan…

Thanks, everyone, for the comments. I’ve looked at many mortice locks, none had the right dimensions to hit the skirting just right.

Glen, sure!

Andy, i feel for that guy, seeing something and knowing it’s gotta be taken care of. Not a fan of his heavy paint job but to each his own. Chest is very cool, and large!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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AnthonyReed

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#9 posted 05-05-2014 03:17 PM

Very clever! It is wonderful how you are able to cover your tracks and make the work blend so well.

Thanks Smitty.

-- ~Tony

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#10 posted 05-06-2014 07:45 PM

great idea.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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