Wooden Locks

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Project by Dale J Struhar Sr posted 10-31-2009 02:17 AM 6941 views 9 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These were really a fun thing to make even thought the tolerances for the parts are pretty tight. Every lock I made I used exotic woods from WoodCrafters. The plans for these came from books called Making Working Wooden Locks by Tim Detweiler. The hasp which is out of oak works and is my design.

In the last picture you can notice that the center portion of the lock shows the oak center unlike the original plans for the lock by Detweiler. Also I put an ebony inlay around the key hole on this lock.
Locks are 100 percent wood including the springs that lock them.

Sorry for any blurred pictures I never claimed to be a photographer.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#1 posted 10-31-2009 02:22 AM

That first one is really pretty. Cool project. I’m assuming they work?

-- Happy woodworking!

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#2 posted 10-31-2009 03:02 AM

Your photos are fine. Besides, who needs to be a photographer when you can make locks like those. I may have to get that book. Looks like a fun project. Welcome to LJ. There’s a wealth of knowledge to be had here from a very gracious group. Having just got into woodwork a couple of years ago, rhis site has been great for me.

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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#3 posted 10-31-2009 03:19 AM

Hey, welcome. Great looking project. I need to try that

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 10-31-2009 03:28 AM

Very cool

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#5 posted 10-31-2009 03:29 AM

Just what we need here at the Jocks..a lock smith. Nice work, I have often thought about making a couple of these things..maybe someday.

Welcome to the forum.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#6 posted 10-31-2009 04:53 AM

Very nicely built.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 10-31-2009 05:01 AM

I am a Locksmith and I likes…

My boss would love one of these.

Welcome to LJ’s

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#8 posted 10-31-2009 05:06 AM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks. Great work. Your locks are beautiful.

-- John @

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#9 posted 10-31-2009 07:31 AM

wicked locks man… do they work? I would guess more for show than security… far too easy to “burn” past the shank right?
Good Job…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#10 posted 10-31-2009 01:05 PM

Wow, I really like it Dale. Of course I like things that can’t be bought at ….mart’s. I think I might add them to my “to do SOMEDAY” list. Doug

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#11 posted 10-31-2009 03:37 PM

The locks look great. and are very unique.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 10-31-2009 05:30 PM

I liked them because you have done something different They are beautiful showpieces. I admire your patience in doing them.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#13 posted 10-31-2009 06:51 PM

Cool locks love all the woods

-- Custom furniture

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#14 posted 11-01-2009 01:28 PM

Unusual and intricate, just what woodworkers like, at least this one. Wonderful work and wood in those locks. These must make great conversation pieces. Welcome to LJ Dale. I think you will find many kindred spirits here and I hope you enjoy it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 11-01-2009 11:30 PM

Very cool projects.

Welcome aboard.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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