Wooden Padlock

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Project by MasterSergeant posted 01-19-2015 12:34 AM 1460 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have more pictures and a nice working video at this site:

I just finished my latest woodworking project. For Christmas my daughter gifted me a book on wooden padlocks that very much interested me. I set out last weekend building one and here is the finished product. This was not an easy build, it made me pay extra-extra attention on my measuring and marking techniques. One huge hurdle was the shank, I cut the shape out of 3/4” oak and then hand sanded to 3/4” +/- round by hand! All the segments are built in such away that they had to be perfectly aligned in order for the lock to work. I spent a lot of time measuring and aligning to get it right.

I used Tung Oil as the finish. Later this week I apply a coat of wood paste wax. I like the red key, maybe it will be harder to lose being red! I really need to make a copy of this key! It is definitely unique to this lock, picking the lock would be difficult and would destroy the lock.

The two pin in the side control the operation of the lock, one is the key stop (keeps the key from spinning) and the other holds the shank in the lock body when unlocked. A fun build, a complicated build!

Thanks for looking, let me know what you think!!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#1 posted 01-19-2015 03:24 AM

FANTASTIC—WAY past my patience and ABILITY to be that accurate!
Belt sander improves my accuracy often!

-- just rjR

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#2 posted 01-19-2015 05:30 AM

I like the idea and the build. Well put together. I have to watch the video later, getting late. Nice work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 01-19-2015 12:23 PM

I’ve always liked the wooden locks. Looks gr8

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 01-19-2015 02:27 PM

Looks great. What wood did you use? Wooden lock have always fascinated me.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#5 posted 01-19-2015 03:19 PM

#johnstoneb, the top segment is walnut (cut from our fence line) with to segments of oak and two segments of sycamore.
This was a project to test your measuring skills and cutting skills! Next lock will be a different type with new skills testing.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#6 posted 01-19-2015 03:20 PM

That looks like a fun project. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 01-19-2015 04:21 PM

That’s really cool. What book did you get the plans from?

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#8 posted 01-19-2015 08:53 PM

Wow! The video shows (where the pictures don’t) how large that lock is.
Very nice!!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#9 posted 01-20-2015 12:17 AM

OK, so I was thinking I had patience when needed. Guess I was mistaken. I can’t see me tackling this anytime soon. You have done a fantastic job. I’m glad you added the link to the extra pics. As mentioned above, this lock is larger than it originally appears. Once again. great job. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#10 posted 01-20-2015 05:11 PM

Making a wooden lock has been on my to-do list for over 12 years. Yours turned out nice.
After hearing about the accuracy it took, I’m not sure I want to make one anymore.
To me, accuracy is best obtained with a hammer.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#11 posted 01-23-2015 02:26 AM

Very well done. These make nice conversation pieces. I place clock inserts in mine and they sell well. Thanks for showing.

-- John T.

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#12 posted 01-23-2015 01:06 PM

Thanks to all for the very nice comments! I’ll take your idea and run with it @jtheclockman!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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