John, the 2 last (Ipe) ones I stained with General oil based Mahogany, and then 5-6 coats of spray can shellac. the first one I stained BB ply with General Prairie Wheat oil based stain and spray shellac.
The second one was Goncalo Alves (Tiger wood ) stained with Mahogany to bring it nearer to the violin color ,then shellac.
Thanks for the comments, I was happy with the results, I started with pictures off the internet of actual ancient locks and printed them to fit a 81/2X11 sheet then tried to replicate the picture. Then make a plaque to fit the lock.
These look cool, but I am a little lost. Are these replicas of door locks??
I am not sure the original use, but read where the super rich liked fancy things and the master metal workers of the time loved to make ornamental things for them.
Here are the pictures I worked off. I did a search for Ancient/Medieval padlocks and these came up along with hundreds others.
Very interesting. Before you started making these locks I had no idea that such lock designs ever existed. You have not only made some very interesting woodworking projects
out of these lock designs, but you have also given me a great history lesson.
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