Just for Fun... #39: Of Hasps and Pins...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 11-25-2010 02:23 AM 1457 reads 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The second requirement of this “Suggestion” Box, was that it be locking.
To that end, I began cutting out a hasp, starting with the loop through which the lock will pass…Twenty minutes pondering...
It’s a good thing these are small parts!! My scraps of Mahogany are getting awfully small… It took about 20 minutes of musing, and about 5 minutes of cutting to get here…Five minutes of cutting
Since this box already has “Ears”, I’ve been referring to this as the “Nose”...Looks a little like a nose...
Next came the flap that will cover the loop, and some hand fitting…Fitting the partsConnected
I can’t finalize the shape of the flap, until the next “link” in the chain is cut, so I went ahead and cut that one out…Third link in the "Chain"
Then I re-sized the holes where necessary, cut the two small anchor pieces, and shaped the pieces to connect… They still need a bit of clean-up but here it is…All cut...
With these nearing completion, it was time to pin the corners of this box and close it up for good. I couldn’t do it in the regular fashion, with the drill press, because of the high back on this thing… So I had to do it by hand, with an extended drill I bought a year or two ago but never used…Drilling and Pinning top corners...
That went well, so I clamped the box to a handy sawhorse and did the underside the same way (I had to stand on a chair to reach!!)and the bottoms
I also found the time to fill in the holes in the side from the bottom dado and to do most of the final corner relieving and sanding…
This is winding right down, Folks!! All that’s left is to soften the corners a little more, and glue and pin the hasp to the box… and then it will be off to the finishing department… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 11-25-2010 02:26 AM

Awesome latch, Mike!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 11-25-2010 03:41 AM

excellent !

this is so nice

boss is going to be proud

and you should be too

very well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 11-25-2010 03:45 AM

real nice piece. now all you need is a wooden lock and you are set.LOL

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#4 posted 11-25-2010 03:46 AM

Mike your thought process and execution in creating these wooden parts is quite remarkable. As always, well done!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#5 posted 11-25-2010 05:42 AM

Definitely a latch’s latch. Now, the wooden padlock!!?? :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 11-25-2010 07:46 AM

Great imagination and execution on that latch.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#7 posted 11-25-2010 10:23 AM

Giving Thanks to all of You on this Thanksgiving!!
There will be no wooden lock…
That would take longer to make than the Box!!
With any luck, I’ll be able to start the finishing by the weekend
and be able to begin some Christmas work (one short month left!!)
Have a Great Day Everybody!!
Make sure the Turkey is cooked!!
I wouldn’t want anyone to meet Sal Monella today!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#8 posted 11-25-2010 12:21 PM

Nice clasp with an artistic shape Mike. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 11-25-2010 02:23 PM

Cope, this is a wonderful post and I really enjoyed it. Thanks.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 11-25-2010 03:02 PM

Very nice. You’ve got me wanting to use my scrollsaw more.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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#11 posted 11-25-2010 03:33 PM

Now that is very cool Mike! I for one am definitely inspired….. Thanks for sharing!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#12 posted 11-25-2010 04:33 PM


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 11-25-2010 06:04 PM

What an ingenious hasp Mike!!!............You never cease to amaze me…......and your photos and step descriptions are always spot on!!!!

Have a good Turkey Day…........the best to you and yours!!

Oh…....Sal has left the building here!!!!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#14 posted 11-25-2010 07:44 PM

G(h)asp of admiration. Its a beauty, Mike.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#15 posted 11-25-2010 08:13 PM

Well done Mike!! Terrific .
have a great Evening

-- Back home. Fernando

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