Here’s a simple box I made to house the real present. My boss bought an antique typewriter at an estate sale to give to his blogger daughter. He didn’t notice that although it all seemed to work, the carriage didn’t actually move when typing. He asked me if I knew what might be wrong. I thought it was a pawl used to ratchet the mechanism so told him I’d fix it for him.
Unfortunately it wasn’t that easy. I found I could make it work if it was on a 30 degree incline but couldn’t find any obviously broken parts. Dug through the Internet and found things like the manufacturing date (March 1914) and even a copy of the original manual. Didn’t solve my problem. Went to the patent files and finally figured out it was missing the tension belt that provides tension to the carriage via a clockspring mechanism.
Couldn’t find a replacement belt. So I made a new one. Then cleaned the machine of 100 years of oil & dust. Relubed it and the typewriter was ready. Didn’t do a full refinish because the whole point is it’s old and has the character of a well used machine.
I thought it would be nice to have some sort of box to put it in and maybe act as a display. Finger joint boxes seem to have something of a rustic old-time vibe so I made one to fit the machine on the laser. Engraved the top with his daughter’s name and her blog (small things). The typewriter is an old school blogging tool
Replicated the machine’s labeling from the front, added the info on mfg & serial number to make it more like a factory box. I glued and pinned all the sides except the front. It’s designed to let the front panel pull off so the typewriter can be pulled out. It’s pretty heavy & pulling it out from the top would be harder.
A couple of coats of a Danish Oil finish and it feels like something that might have come from 1914.
Either piece of the pair is pretty neat, but together they make something unique for a present. I also included a copy of a pre-war pamphlet on typewriter first-aid and a copy of the original Remington Standard No 10 Owner’s Manual. I really like laser projects that aren’t all about being a laser cut thing but part of something else. Compound creations as it were
Here’s a pic for some laser porn