An UN-Safe

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Project by TroutGuy posted 1763 days ago 2506 views 9 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a lot of fun making this, but you may never see a more UN-safe, anywhere! It could be called theft RESISTANT, and has about a 15 SECOND fire rating. It is also made entirely of wood….almost.

I patterned the lock mechanism after one I found online. It uses a standard three number combination. Making the lock mechanism is not rocket science, but getting the slots in the discs, in the right position, was a bit of a challenge.

The box (a 12” cube) is 3/4” birch shop ply, tongue & dado joined. For the lock, I used 3/4” birch shop ply, 3/4” oak, 1/4”, 1/2”, and 3/4” oak dowels, 1/4” tempered hardboard, 1” Delrin and 1/8” brass rod. The hinges and handle are jatoba, and the dial knob is birch. The finish is Silver – Rustoleum Hammered Finish spray paint. The hinges, handle and knob have a couple of coats of oil-based poly on them.

The drawing is a partial cutaway of the lock mechanism.

As always, my SketchUp model is available for the asking.



P.S. Don’t ask why the handle isn’t vertical when the safe is locked. It just isn’t, okay? :)

-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...

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#1 posted 1763 days ago

Hey, thats pretty cool! Projects with precision moving parts are very impressive. Lumberjocks should make a catergory for that.

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#2 posted 1763 days ago

Great job. It’s very well made. Dont like the fire rating.LOL

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#3 posted 1763 days ago

very unique. I like how the lock mech. looks made of wood. Are you going to be storing any wood products in it (wood money, a wooden gun, etc.)? haha

-- Tim-; Twitter-@asliceofwood; Facebook-

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#4 posted 1763 days ago

Very Cool Tim.

I think this is just great.

I’d love a copy of the SketchUp – I’ll PM you my address

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#5 posted 1763 days ago

very cool and I like the name lol

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#6 posted 1763 days ago

good place to keep your wooden nickles

-- Smitty!!!

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#7 posted 1763 days ago

i like it alot tim, this piece is great, how long did it take you?

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#8 posted 1763 days ago

Well I’m impressed, looked like it was a lot of fun to build!

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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#9 posted 1763 days ago

Great idea

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#10 posted 1763 days ago

Fun and cool project Tim well done

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 1763 days ago

Very unique. If you forget the combination… axe would work!

-- 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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#12 posted 1763 days ago

COOL and NEAT!!!!!! Thanks for the post.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#13 posted 1763 days ago

Very nice. Is there a drag on the swivel locks to keep them from moving when the one beside it moves.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#14 posted 1763 days ago

Nice. I always wanted to build a lock mech. Great job!

-- He said wood...

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#15 posted 1763 days ago

cool. I hope to figure out and build some locks myself. Nicely engineered!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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