A random selection of post about travel, and tinkering with mechanical machines. Mostly cars from 1937 to 1999, manufactured in English speaking parts of the world, but also kayaks and sewing machines. So here you can see how we travel, drive, paddle, break fix and find on a regular basis.
Here we have a pretty old box. Maybe made around 1850. There was no key with it, so we couldn't see the contents. I imagined the lock wouldn't very complicated, so I took a bit of copper brake pipe and soldered a simple "bit"onto the pipe.
Then I filed the bit down until it fitted the lock. As soon as I could turn the "key" the box opened.
Inside I found a "feather" cut from very thin paper. After I found the key worked I decided to add a "Bow" (handle) by soldering a 1954 copper cent to the pipe.