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Issue #173 June 2005


The chest and hardware shown in this feature are made by Pat McCarty. All the step by step instructions for making the handle, latch and hasp are recreated by the Blacksmith’s Journal. These items are examples of traditional design techniques where the only tools used are hammer, anvil, a variety of chisels and set tools. They are good examples of the “original” nature of forged work.

This spring loaded latch is made to lock automatically when the drawer is closed. Two of the mounting nails serve as a retainer for the spring.

The hasp profile is cut hot out of 14 ga. stock creating a natural beveled edge. the eye and the nails are both clinched on the inside of the chest.