Locking mechanism for Jewelry type box

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Forum topic by IRISHMIKE posted 05-22-2020 10:05 PM 194 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-22-2020 10:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jewelry box locks jewelry

I’m starting a box, jewelry box size, it will eventually be used for a final resting place for my friend but in the meantime she will be using it as a piece of art. I’m thinking of putting a locking mechanism on it since it will be going into a mausoleum, I’d rather it not be glued shut. I’ve looked at traditional brass locks but most are too big or just tacky! I’m sure you guys must have some good ideas. I’ve even thought of puzzle boxes but I’m going to use some nice wood and that’s the look. If she’s going to use it I don’t want strong magnets holding it shut, so magnets are out too. Any ideas?

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#1 posted 05-23-2020 05:37 AM

I don’t have much experience with box locks. However I’ve been using the Brusso snap latch quite a lot lately. It’s very nice, closed with a nice click. Won’t lock though

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#2 posted 05-23-2020 06:18 AM

Prokraft UK has some, maybe you can get an idea from them.

If you do a search for humidor hardware, or related, you might find something you will like.

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#3 posted 05-23-2020 05:56 PM

Here is one that is frequently used on clock cases. Available as clock parts web sites like this one :

The latch piece would be inlaid in the lid and the lock mechanism in the inside front of the box.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 05-26-2020 03:20 AM

Thanks for all the info, the client decided not to put a lock after all!

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#5 posted 05-26-2020 01:49 PM

Perhaps what you want is more of a latch than a lock? Latches are usually less bulky than locks and there are many different styles to chose from so you may be able to find one that matches the style you are building. I have always like this style but there are many others you can find by simply searching for “jewelry box latch”.

Another option is to make a wooden hasp that uses a wood or brass pin or wedge to hold it shut.

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