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Blackswanwood

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I am looking to make a writing box - the basic shape will be as per this picture ...

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The lock has got me a bit perplexed as all of the ones I have seen seem to be tailor made to take account of the slope.

Given there is a mix of ingenuity and knowledge on here :D I wondered if anyone has any thoughts? If I cut the mortice at a right angle to the sloping edge the key won't fit in properly ...

Any suggestions or advice will be most welcome.
 

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sunnybob

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If its not going to be a faithful reproduction, why not just angle the front face backwards to make a 90 degree to the lid?
 

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Two thoughts.
The original locks do come up on eBay and sell for £20 -£40 with a key.

Or you could secure the two parts with a pair of brass hooks and loops, assuming that you don't mind the servants peeping inside and it doesn't need to be secure enough to bump around in a carriage, just not fall open when lifted.
 

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Tried to post a link to a post in this forum where locks were discussed. For some reason a ‘notify the moderator’ was added to it. So I deleted my attempt to help.

If you do a search for “uk workshop writing case lock” it may come up in google. :D
 

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AndyT":pnzz582e said:
Also, you might like to know that Mitch Peacock did a 12 part series on how to build a writing slope in December last year. The lock is in part 10.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... UFByr4EeRK
Thanks Andy. Interesting that he has used what looks to be a standard jewel case lock from Niche Locks/A & E Squire without a problem caused by the slope ... unless the mating pieces on the front of the box were squared which I couldn't see him doing on the other videos. I will watch them again more closely later.

Cheers
 
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