April 25, 2012

New project: Safe!

Before April draws to a close, we’d like to highlight two inventors with birthdays this month: the Linus Yales (Sr. and Jr.). Creators of Yale locks and safes, these guys were innovators of some of the most groundbreaking lock technology of their time. Tinplate may not be the most secure material, but we designed this mini safe with lesser-valuables in mind. The working door and latch can only be opened when in a very precise position, and you have the option of the “crashing through the floor” model (as seen above) or the standard, upright to choose from.

Below are some examples of what you’ll do in this project.


Soldering the top onto the body


Fitting the door before soldering on the hinges


Soldering the hinges to the door


Shaping the dial over a dowel


Finished safe sitting on a flat surface

To buy this project, click here!

5 Responses

  1. Jenny F says:

    This is delightful. It immediately harkens back to Saturday morning cartoons. Very well crafted and an excellent idea.
    I am sending your web site/blog out to all of my tin friends
    -all 6 of them. Thanks so much.

  2. tinplategirl says:

    Thanks very much for your comment. We’re pleased that you liked the project! –Tinplate Dad

  3. Eileen says:

    Oh my, that is just the cutest thing yet – especially the 1st photo!

    I am very glad to see that you now sell tinplate. The can-flattening thing was a real deterrent for me. Finding good cans wasn’t easy either.

  4. Joe Buring says:

    Really nice item !

    cheers Joe

  5. Nice photo! Never see this before!

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