First, a little bit about geocaching. One of the main tenants of geocaching is that when you find a geocache occasionally it will be filled with trading items. And if you want to take anything then you need to leave something. Most of the time the containers are filled with little knick knacks like glass stones, plastic figurines, or rubber ducks. In other words, nothing all that notable. But a few months ago I came across this old skeleton key.
I don't know why, but I've always thought that old fashioned keys were cool. And according to a magazine that arrived here the other day, some of the designers at Tiffany agree. It seems like keys are showing up in all kinds of jewlery recently. But I am straying from my point. So, I have this old rusty skeleton key and Ronny and I think it would be cool if we could shine it up.
First, we put it into a cup of vinegar and left it for a week or so. No difference.
Then, we put it into a cup of coke. A bit of rust came off, which is scary, but it wasn't shining like we wanted it to.
So, finally I took my dremel to it. In a matter of moments I was able to grind off all of the rust and was left with a relatively shiny key.
But, so what? What am I going to do with a key you say. I mean, it doesn't work on anything...or does it? In one of my typical 'what if?' moments I decided to make a lock for my key.
Let me preface this by saying that I have never made any type of lock before. I mean, I've seen inside of a door knob but thats as far as my expertise goes.
So I started by creating a small box out of 1/8" plywood: