It is a weird phenomenon, at least for me, how I can get so excited about working a project that every spare second is spent in the shop. Conversely, there are times where it seems weeks go by without my tool chest even being opened.
Unfortunately, I'm in the midst of the latter, rather than the former. However, it isn't for lack of enthusiasm or something to do. I have about a million projects in line. Many of them have already even been started.
Between three weeks vacation, and a household renovation, it seems I am not getting my butt in the shop. The renovation we are working on is re-painting doors and door frames. Not exactly exciting, but once started, this project needs to be on the fast track until it is done. One of those things that disrupts everything about life until it is over. Sadly, if I do it right, no one will ever really see it unless I point it out.
If you are like me, then you will understand that the lack of movement in my shop doesn't mean I haven't been thinking about it. This liquor box has been occupying a whole lot of my grey matter lately. If you didn't see the photos in my last post, then here they are again:
Here is where I am at with this project: Before I can even select wood for this project, I need two things. First, decanters. I have been looking on the internet to purchase some, but have yet to find anything appropriate. I want smallish decanters for this project, as I really like the size of the finished piece in the photo, only 6 3/4 inches wide. Besides that they are all too big, they are all fairly expensive. Not really too expensive, until multiplied by four.
I think I have solved this problem, but unfortunately I can't tell you about it yet until it works out.
The second thing I need, is a lock. As you can see in the photo, this isn't any lock that you could buy at the local Borg. If I want a lock that is just like this, my guess is I'll have to have one custom made. My impression is this will cost several hundred dollars. I'll go out on a limb and say that SWMBO won't be thrilled about that idea just for a box to hold booze.
The reason I get this impression, is because the folks at Horton Brasses say so. Let me plug these guys for a second. I sent a link to the photo to ask them what they thought of this lock, and I got a prompt response. After checking with their lockmaker in England, an adjustment of one of their stock locks was determined to be unfeasible. They actually told me what to look for if I went somewhere else, and offered to have it made (around $300). This is still an option, but not if I have to make two of these boxes. The English lock maker actually gave me some more info about this box, which I will get to in a minute.
I think that another option might be to make a wooden lock. Or perhaps some kind of puzzle joint that will keep the lid secure and not be obvious as how to open it. Right now this is the path that looks most promising.
One thing that the English lockmaker noted about this photo is that the proper term for this type of liquor cabinet is a tantalus. I googled the term, and found that a tantalus is basically any kind of contraption that can be locked to keep the hired help out of your best single malt. Most of them are an open tote that decanters sit in, with a bar that slides in over the lids and locks to keep everything secure. Some others look like regular boxes with bottles in them. Some also hold glasses and cocktail accoutrements. One thing is common to all, though, a lock for security. Although I usually leave the lock off of a box, I think it is necessary in this case.
Another bit about the tantalus in the photo is that I think it is campaign furniture. In other words, intended for a military officer. I think this because it is small and easily transported. Even so, this one is fine with a cool gizmocity factor that I like.
Wish me luck in my search for suitably awesome decanters and a suitably awesome lock. My guess is that if I can easily find what I need, I'll start this project sometime next spring or summer.
What do you do when you can't get in the shop?