An All-Wood Grand Opening

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Create your own unique closing mechanism for that special wooden box or cabinet. Carefully cutting your own small parts and sanding them to a perfect fit is sure to be a pleasurable challenge.

Almost 15 years have passed since I first developed the opening/closing mechanism that has become a signature design element in my Art Tekno Deco jewelry box series. I was trying to devise a latch with no visible metal, as I did not want any hardware on these boxes. Work in this series is all one-of-a-kind. I have built many hundreds of design variations based on the original concept, and while the look can vary dramatically the underlying mechanics are based on the same original principle.

Now, before some archaeologist writes in to say he found a sarcophagus in one of the great pyramids with a similar closure on it, I’ll admit that the principle is so simple I’d be amazed if it hasn’t been used on something in the past. Let’s just say that in my 30-plus years as a professional box maker I have probably seen more jewelry boxes than Ivana Trump, and I haven’t found one of these latches yet.

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