Monday, May 31, 2010

El Pato

As I mentioned yesterday, most of our parts for the wagon came from our local ReStore. As you DIY-ers out there know, when you're working with a hodgepodge of used materials, sometimes things get a bit...funky.

Such is the case with the interface between our door and doorknob. The used door already had a hole cut into it for a door knob, but did not come with a knob. A friend gifted us a beautiful antique ceramic knob, but the only fitting we could find for it was an old-fashioned surface-mount variety. We thought that was pretty cool anyway.

Well, this surface-mount door latch thingamabob has turned out to be a challenge in many ways. When we took it to a locksmith to have skeleton keys made for it, we were told they would have to be made by hand. $50 for two keys! We've passed on that for now. Then, when it came time to mount it to the door, we realized that we would have to drill a new hole for the door knob. This left us with a gaping hole where the old knob was. So, determined, we employed an old-school technique for fixing holes in wood:

That's right. A tin can patch. We think the whole ensemble looks pretty weird in a good way. Hope you agree.


Anonymous said...

Come on... you're a Maker! You can make your own skeleton key, and then write an article in Make magazine about it! My husband (who has a long history of illicit locksmithing), says that making a skeleton key is quite easy. The hardest part is probably finding (or possibly making) the blank. But thanks to EBay (or the internet in general), finding a blank shouldn't be too difficult. Good luck, and I'm looking forward to reading about it-- either on your blog or in Make magazine!
(Lmezoff at berkeley dot edu)

Libby: said...

You caught us! It's in the works...mwahahaha. We'll keep you posted.

dzent1 said...

Very very very very nice gypsy wagon...As far as covering the old hole from the previous knob, what about a brass or tin (or even plastic) rectangle or something similar that has a hole where the new handle goes, and covers the old hole, and looks antique-y? I'm in theatre and we do stuff like that all the time for cheap. Show biz, ba-by!
I built my own yurt out of mostly cast-offs, and used a lot of the wood I took out of old box springs discarded in alleys.
Have a great trip, don't forget to vent (fresh air, not grievances) when you have a heater or stove going so the carbon monoxide doesn't get you. You've inspired me - I might have to seriously build a gypsy wagon too...

thorngrove said...

Just found your blog via Tiny House Living and have thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Congrats on the awesome wagon!
And I feel my enthusiasm for homemade cheese stirring again...