This part of my blog covers installing lock and hardware. I start by taking the lock and putting it on the inside of the top drawer and then press firmly to make a small dent in the drawer back where the lock pin sticks out.
I use my marking gauge to mark the same distance away from the edge of the drawer to carry the mark where the pin marked it on the inside.
I place the lock escutcheon on the outside of the drawer and center it to check to see how well it lines up with where it the key hole will go.
After centering the lock, I mark escutcheon where the top part of the key hole will be.
After drilling the top of the key hole out I place the lock in place and see how the pin of the lock lines up with the key hole.
After checking to make sure the hardware was the same distance down from the top edge of the drawer I then drill the all the drawers and install all the hardware.
After marking around the the inset part of the lock I use my saddle square to mark where the lock needs to be mortised out.
The next step, I use my chisel to cut around where the lock is to be morticed.
Now I use the lock to set the depth of the router bit.
After routing out the area where the lock goes I placed the lock back in place and draw around it to rout out just enough for the lock to flush the lock even with the inside surface of the drawer.
The last step is to set the router to router the area for the front edge of the lock .
Now I lay the lock escutcheon on the front of the drawer mark it and drill it.
The next step is to chisel out the area between the two holes to complete the keyhole.
Now it’s time to install the screws for the lock. I normally use a vix bit to pre-drill the holes for most hardware,
but in this case my vix bit is to large for the the small screws on this lock. In this case I use a small nail to punch a small hole in the center of each hole.
I now use a small gimlett to pre-thread the hole for the brass screws.
I now place the escutcheon on the front of the drawer and use tweezers to start the small nails that hold it on.
Having the lock in place with temporary screws I check the lock for the amount of throw the bolt has and find I have just enough.
Now I move on to the pulls for the drawers.
After checking to see if all of the locations of the pulls have been marked properly, I drill and install the pulls.
All of my hardware comes from Horton Brasses. Like Charles I have used their hardware for years and find all of the hardware top-notch with customer service to match. If you want your work to look good and last, it’s the place to go for hardware.
The next installment will cover the installing of drawer bottoms and applying detail to the top.
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-- W James Brokenbourgh Custom furniture maker http://artisticwoodstudio.com/