Steven Zhang's combination lock safeSteven Zhang writes:
It's been a while since I built the band saw using your plans; recently I have built a wooden combination lock largely inspired by your combination lock, therefore I thought I would share some pictures of my wooden combination lock with you.
This is the rotor assembly, it has 4 rotors instead of three because at first I was going to have an automatic drop down bar which would make the last digit of the combination very easy to find, and also because it's a bit more secure, although at the end of the day the safe is still made of wood.
I decided to combine the Nautilus door locking mechanism into the combination lock because just making the combination lock was way too easy. I used acrylic for the back of the door so that people can see all the hard work put into the safe.
The box, or the safe. I picked up the wood from a huge cabinet that had really nice solid wood panels. I would have used your box joint jig to join the corners if it was five centimeters narrower, so I just used a mitered joint which proved my table saw to be horrible at making miter cuts.
I also added four more hinge fingers to the safe because the original two just weren't strong enough, especially when the shape doesn't respect the wood grain direction that much, so I also added splines to the four new hinge leaves.
Then I took everything apart and wiped a coat of varnish on even though the manufacturer did not recommend wiping it on, but it worked out a lot better compared to brushing it on because it didn't add too much thickness to the components and therefore everything still worked when I put it back together.
I hope you found it interesting and thank you for inspiring me take on such an unique journey
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