I headed off to go surfing...in my new to me van
...it has a door lock button and wouldn't work well after being tucked inside my wetsuit!
Grab an old bike frame and make a super easy vehicle key safe...
Step 1: Bits + Pieces
Just a few materials -
An old steel bike frame, large enough for the key to fit inside.
Vinyl adhesive paper for stencils
Spray paint - colour of choice [Montana 94 cans are my preferred for stencil spraying due to the low pressure spray]
Welding wire or rivets
Angle grinder and cutting + grinding discs
Drill - slightly larger than padlock shackle
Welder or pop riveter
Step 2: Clean Up the End
Cut the frame to make sure that the key can fit easily inside...
...and grind off the paint to the end
Step 3: Flatten
Hammer the end flat, leaving the corners open so that any water that may get into the key safe will run out.
Step 4: Cut to Length
Work out the length that you need, allowing for a key fob if you have one...
...rough cut to length
Step 5: Weld
Weld the flattened end to stop the metal being prised apart.
Remember to leave the ends open for water to run out in use.
I was fortunate to borrow a friends welder though if you don't have the use of one pop rivets would work well.
Step 6: Clean Up
Clean up all of the outside of the frame section if you have not done so already
Step 7: Final Cut to Length
Make a nice end cut allowing for the key and the hole to be drilled for the padlock...
...clean the cut end with metal files until nice to the touch
Step 8: Drill a Hole
Drill a hole slightly larger than the padlock shackle right through both sides of the open end.
Check before drilling that the key will not bypass the padlock shackle.
Countersink the holes a little to clean them up.
Step 9: Stencil + Paint
Cut out some cool graphic stencils from some adhesive vinyl...
...and spray with your colour of choice
Step 10: Final Coat
As the bare metal was left by the stencils I added a clear lacquer coat to the key safe, both inside + out...this will help prevent rusting.
Step 11: All Ready to Use
Pop in the key...
...padlock to the underside of the vehicle...
...and go and enjoy the surf, canoe, run...
Step 12: Looking Good
This is a super easy little project that looks cool, I really like the ground metal stencil against the spray paint, and allows me to go surfing in the knowledge that the van was safe.
I am entering this project into the Vanlife Competition. If you have enjoyed this project, I would really appreciate your vote. Many thanks.
This project is part of my YouTube channel where I try to make cool and interesting projects.
Why not check out what I am up to with pricklysauce.com
and now on Instagram!
Runner Up in the
ChrisCruzer made it!