Van Dyke's Restorers and is forged steel in a natural rusted finish. I applied paste wax to preserve the brown look and prevent more rusting to take place.
The screws that
came with the hardware were too long for the thickness of the sides of
this box, so I screwed them into a board and sanded the sharp ends on a
belt sander until flush with it on the underside. This left the screws
short enough so as to not protrude on the inside of the box.
The first photo shows the use of folded business cards to provide a slight gap between the lid and body of the box as the hinges are screwed into place.
I will add a lift out tray on the inside, a turn button to lock the drawer and leather check straps to keep the lid from opening too far.
With the inevitable interruptions, I expect to have this finished in time for my summer box making classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking and the Eureka Springs School of the Arts.
Make, fix and create.