Closure suggestions?

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Blog entry by majeagle1 posted 04-05-2009 06:42 AM 1803 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am making a small box for a very special friend to put some of the ashes from her recenltly deceased husband. She really likes the keepsake box that i am posting a picture of here:

I want to make the top so it is somewhat secure ( not locked ) but because it is such a small box (7×5 x 3)
I would prefer not to put a bunch of hardware on it. I thought about a couple of small button magnets mortised into the inside edge of the box to hold the top shut and it would put a “fair” resistance on the top from opening. I also thought about not having the top open and then create a bottom that would need to screw on. I am leaning towards the magnets but am looking for suggestons and opinions on hardware!!!!

Thanks everyone…..........

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#1 posted 04-05-2009 07:09 AM

hmm i just had a random suggestion idea…. what if you make and internal closure that is operated with a knob on the side or top?
just a thought. nice box though

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#2 posted 04-05-2009 12:06 PM

If I were going to hold ashes in it from a loved one (IMO) I would put a small lock on it. Not a big one, just the kind that only shows the key hole from the front, or an escucheon (sp.?) in front only. (TJMO)

-- Jed,Ala,

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#3 posted 04-05-2009 04:16 PM

You should make it air tight. I just saw a site that sold cremation boxes only theirs were turned boxes. But on the lids they had a rubber gasket to make it airtight and you can imagine why. If it were not and it were turned sideways it could leak or in front of a fan it could blow the contents out. See what I mean. Maybe route a slot for a string of rubber around the lid to seal it. Then you could still have a lock on it. The upper lid looks like the place to put it.

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

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 04-05-2009 04:17 PM

I think the bottom opening to be best, but since you already have a hinged top,

I’d go for an obscure lock.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 04-05-2009 06:36 PM

ccpenco / Daver – I like the idea of having an invisibale latch ont he bottom or a discreet knob of some sort on the front or side, haven’t seen anything like that and for whatever reason, my “creative” part of my mind has shut down. Can’t think of how to do it. You would think this would be simple.

jcame – I thought about a very small lock with just the hole in front but I am afraid of the key getting lost. Good idea though.

mvwoodworks – hmmm – I checked out your projects, very creative. I like the idea. To my knowledge, the few ashes that she is going to keep will be in a plastic bag. I don’t know if she will be needing access to the inside or not, if so, would it be hard to remove anything through an access like this?

jockmike2 – forgot to mention, the ashes will be in a sealed plastic bag so don’t think it would need to be airtight. If they weren’t, for sure it would need to be.

Also forgot to mention, the box is not made yet, the keepsake box shown is the “wood combination and style” she likes. It does not have to open from the top.

Lots of food for thought here…........ if I could just get my simple mind to work, we would be fine.

Ever run into something that seems so simple, but you just can’t bring it to conclusion?

Thanks so much for the great ideas…......... if you think of anything else while I am mulling over these ideas, please let me know. Once complete, I will post the results.

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#6 posted 04-05-2009 08:23 PM

Magnet for sure

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 04-05-2009 08:27 PM

Check Rockler for this casket lid latch.

I have used these on other projects.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 04-05-2009 08:39 PM

Dick & Barb – ooooooooooooooooh so close!!!! I like this, I haven’t seen it before.
It is just a hair to big for this little box but I will probably get a few of these for some future projects.
Thanks for the tip!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#9 posted 04-06-2009 01:22 AM

Gene, check out the one I did for my mothers ashes.

I used a sliding panel at the bottom, drilled a hole, and secured it with a maple pin. I also pinned the lid on with dowels and light glue. I did all of this so that if at some point in the future her ashes were to be scattered or something, that the box could live another life.


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