A few productive days in the shop have yielded a coin chute and vault for the latest automata project "Rat Co.". Obviously Rat Co. needs a safe place to keep it's money collected from the streets, so they have a company vault to store their booty. Here is the vault before painting, with a potential lettering design penciled on.
The vault has a plexiglass panel on the rear to observe the size of the "take". Inside you can see an oversized door latch. It is a magnetic latch that requires a rare earth magnet to open the door. By placing a magnetic on the front of the door near the latch, it pulls open the stop and allows you to open the door. These latches are normally used on larger cabinets. One use is to keep children from accessing kitchen cupboards where cleaners are stored. I thought it was a cute gimmick for the "Rat Co." company safe so I squeezed it in.
Here's the vault being test fitted in its future position in the automata project . You can also see the coin chute that delivers coins into the slot cut in the top of the vault.
Here is a view of the top of the coin chute where Norton pulls in coins and drops them into the chute. The top plate has been removed to take this photo.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.