Wooden Lock Box




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this tells you how to make a nice 8x8x51/2 box. this is the size of this one. the size can be modified though. same steps just cut different sizes.

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Step 1: Planing

Draw a plan for what size pieces you will need if making it a different size. This one takes. 2 5/8 pieces sides. 2 5x7 pieces other sides.1 7x7 piece for the bottom. 1 8x8 piece for the lid.

Step 2: Cuting the Wood

Cut the boards to the desired size following the plan. The wood I used was 1/2 inch thick but use whatever size you want. It may need to be planed down.

Step 3: Finishing

Sand the boards smooth then put on desired stain if you want. Then put on 3 varnish layers any shade you want. These steps only needs to be done to the side of the boards that will be facing in. if you want to do both sides now.

Step 4: Makeing the Top

make a hole for the lock make sure it is tight file if need to make bigger glue lock in on mine the metal lock bar had to be filed down do this if needed.

Step 5: Asembuly

Glue and nail the sides together and the bottom between the sides.
Screw on the hinges to the top first then the bottom.

Step 6: Making Lock Slot

rub some chaulk on the lock bar to mark spot chizel this out with a gouge or chizel checking it untill it is dddp enough be sure to leave at least 1/2 the thicknes of the board.if needed file the metal down some.

Step 7: Finishing Touches

If desired add a chain, string, slide bar. Or (leather like I did) find where you want it to stop opening hold it then staple it in. this keeps the lid from flopping over.


Step 8: Your Done Enjoy

put cds or whatever in your new box.

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    7 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    great idea, this box is good looking and strong! keep at the instructables! =]


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I believe your instructable has a lot of potential but some of your pictures are not clear. Wouldn't be possible to load better pictures to replace these?

    3 replies
    Dr Quiblkhawk

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    OK then, I'll have the first throw.

    There is no excuse for grammar this bad in the technically advanced world we live in, especially when you use a computer to publish your work. These Ibles are like trying to decipher a code.

    I can forgive those who do not have English as a primary language and have used a online translator that produces humorous grammatical errors.

    It is clear that the document has not been spell checked at all. allot of the sentences have no structure.

    I have a form of Dyslexia that causes me to mix up certain letters in words.  This makes me try harder and makes me thoroughly check and re check everything I post and correct every mistake I find.

    Since I read, before looking at the pictures, I was initially confused by the 5/8 and 5/7. Then I realized it was 5 x 8 and 5 x 7. Now I'm back on track. Far better than admitting my sins, so I'll put away my stones.