Introduction: Safe

Safe made of wood with a full functional lock.

Step 1: The Tools

router with vice , drill, saw, sand paper, ...

Step 2: The Box

glueing the box toghether, then use the router to make smooth round edges ...

Step 3: The Box With the Door

the door mounted to the box ...

Step 4: The Plan for the Lock

two nights at a bar and a few beers ...

Step 5: The Knob

using the router to make all the round parts by mounting them to the vice and turning the part under the router to make the shape ...

Step 6: All Parts Ready

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Step 7: The Lock in Action

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Step 8: Finish

all parts colored ...

Step 9: Done

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    Sorry if this question already has been asked before but... shouldn't hinges be on the inside of a safe?

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    Not really. I have in front of me a quite big safe, where hinges are on the outside. Besides, being the door of a real safe very thick, you could imagine the technical difficulties in putting the hinge inside and at the same time allowing clearance for the door to open.

    You would just need to make sure that you can not open the door when the hinges are removed. The simplest solution would be door clamping itself into the frame while closing it.

    Perhaps the easiest way to show us how the tumblers work would be a short closeup video of you operating the mechanism with the door opened.
    A very nice work indeed.

    I read an article about wooden door locks that used to be made for old time cabins. They were really very nicely done like yours. 5.0

    Would really love to see how the tumblers work, and a more in depth instructable on them.

    Really cool, i plan to make 2 of these for my boys to put their little trinkets, etc. i plan to treat the wood against moisture and i believe it has some flame resistant chemicals too then use a sanding sealer before i paint with automotive paint for the metallic look.

    Nice design but could you give a little more info as to how the tumblers fit together to make the lock work??

    i made a safe like this in wood shop last year. it turned out pretty well but not as clean. setting the combo to be just right was the hardest part.

     this is very cool.. I bet it could be steampunked painted and used as some awesome decor accent...and still serve as a moderately secure place to keep stuff. 
    you know that if someone wants to steal your stuff...this will only keep honest people honest...or really lazy people...maybe that fat man that sits on it....

    The sarcastic commentary was awesome too...I adore a well made sarcastic comment... some people just take life WAY too seriously. It isn't about the finish line peeps !! it is the journey there....enjoy the ride !
    this website has a good explanation of how to make the lock mechanism and how it works

    I's plain color used for windows and doors. The stuff that smells, not the water-based. :) It's applied with a soft paint brush.

    How long would your valuable papers last in a fire?

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    It depends on whether you put them in the fire one-by-one, or all at once. If you roll them up into a "log", they can burn for up to 30 minutes or so.

    This is really cool, but it is wooden.... I really like the tumbler design though.

    I take it this isn't supposed to be a real safe? you could just break off the knob, or crack it open with a axe...

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    Are you KIDDING? This thing's like freaking Fort Knox!!!!!

    It's well-known that 3/4-inch (20 mm) plywood is utterly impervious to fire, saws, sledgehammers, being sat on by a really fat guy, etc. -- when SHAPED like a safe and then painted.

    cpf. IT'S A PLYWOOD BOX! With a very clever lock -- but a PLYWOOD lock!

    Dude -- I hope you wear your helmet when you go outdoors.... >;-)

    (Moderators, Saul, Arwen, et al -- please have mercy on me. I know I'm skirting the "be nice" policy here, but -- COME ON -- this was just TOO begging for it...)