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  1. #1
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    Default F Whitfield "The City Safe"

    A while ago I finally tracked down a safe I was interested in. Not that I am a collector, more an engineer and restorer with a passion for older equipment that was made rather nicely.
    In this case a safe was on my list for myself. It appears to be a very rare survivor, probably from 1890 or there abouts, as it is a banded safe, but the bands are dovetailed and closed by riveting, rather than later versions where the banding was preformed or pressed.
    It is my intention to restore this safe to its original condition, not like so many with the emblem of a bottle of scotch or some such. Fortunately enough of the paint remains to be able to achieve this.
    I am getting close now to the point where most mechanical work is complete, bar the bolt work which needs a clean up.

    So I thought I would add some photos that might interest people here. I have already made a key for the drawer which like so many had gone missing in the distant past, not that it was easy as they riveted the lock in place which created issues.

    First a couple of photos of the beastie:

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    Although not viewable there is enough paint and pinstripes left to recreate the original finish.
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    Internal of door, eight throw bolts. The transfer I have photo'd and restored is currently being recreated as a transparency.
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    Just a view of the internal space.

    So the main lock and a key to suit, well a paper label states new keys were made in 1995, however they were obviously off the shelf and too slim, so not an ideal fit, and also they were not of a quality I found suitable either.
    More to follow, this is my first post, so lets see if it works.

  2. #2
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    Default And as that worked more follows

    So lets make a key blank:-
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    A bit of good steel from my scrap box....
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    Became this, as you can tell I rather like old style keys.
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    And it fits the lock like a glove.

    Now for the tricky bit, this is an eight lever lock, with a guard. So first to make a perspex shield that matches the cover plate and holds the key in its normal position. Thus enabling cutting for the throw bolt and each subsequent lever plate.
    This is the lock in all its glory:-
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    Now to start cutting the blank to work, one step at a time. To this end you will see the perspex lid, with a brass 2BA screw in it, this is to ensure the lever and the followings ones do not lift whilst this progresses. The photo below shows all eight in position and it works beautifully.
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    Finally one photo of it ready to be assembled
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    Again there is a bit more to follow. Enjoy, Steve.

  3. #3
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    Default A little more

    The lock in situ and the bolt work:

    The smaller key fits the drawer, they are a matched pair style wise.
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    Bolts open
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    Bolts closed
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    The bolt work is filthy, so that is my next job, to strip it down and sort it.
    For now, that it folks.

  4. #4
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    Default F Whitfield "The City Safe"

    Nice job of making key work for that safe....Timothy......

  5. #5
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    Great key! Never made a key from solid stock and never as perfect.

  6. #6
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    Beautiful work.

  7. #7
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    Default The inside transfer

    I thought it might be useful to show the transfer that goes on the inside of the door. I have digitally remastered this as a TIF file, so the rendition shown here is a poor representation of it. I am currently having transparencies made.
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    I am happy to share this with no copyright, if anyone is interested.

  8. #8
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    Default Door exterior

    This is a representation of how the door was originally painted, the colours arent quite right, they were gold stripes, but it is good enough for copying when I find a suitable signwriter.
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    That's about it for a while, next comes the doing.....

    Thank you all for your kind words.

    And lastly does anyone know who made this lock.???

    Enjoy, Steve.

  9. #9
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    Default Oh joy, look at this

    Well the inside cover came off surprisingly easy really.........
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    I didn't expect it to be full of what appears to be sawdust, sand and broken glass, lots of broken glass. This being inside the security it serves no purpose other than insulation or sound deadening, so I think something more suitable like rock-wool will be going back.

  10. #10
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    Default

    I didn't expect it to be full of what appears to be sawdust, sand and broken glass, lots of broken glass. This being inside the security it serves no purpose other than insulation or sound deadening, so I think something more suitable like rock-wool will be going back.[/QUOTE]


    Are you sure that it is glass?

    Should be Alum crystals to generate steam in fire.

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