|Project by mls||posted 04-02-2010 04:43 AM||14345 views||16 times favorited||20 comments|
A friend wanted a locking box to put his nightstand pistol in. He wanted something he could open but his kids couldn’t. I had seen the mechanical combination lock on the Woodworking for Engineers site. So I made a few changes to the design and incorporated it into a wooden box. I let him select his own 3-number combination. My wife painted glow-in-the-dark numbers on the dial so he could operate the lock in the dark. There is a slot in the lid that is engaged with the locking pawl until the correct combination is entered. Once the combination is entered, the pawl will drop down and release the sliding lid. It works great. The lid has a sliding dovetail and it a floating panel design so seasonal wood movement wouldn’t affect the sliding dovetail. The box is finished with a danish oil stain. The box was made from some arromatic cedar from southern Missouri. My friend, Regan, gave me the wood. He cut it on his own farm and air dried it in the attic. It smelled so good, I really hated to finish it. I used walnut for contrast and this was my first attempt at the double half-blind dovetails using my incra fence on my router table. The walnut and cedar really look good together. My friend Chuck was very pleased with the box.
-- Mike, Missouri ---Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson---