Working wooden locks

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Project by PopsHuckster posted 12-29-2009 04:30 AM 14819 views 10 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s some of the working locks I made when I first got the scrollsaw. I needed the saw to cut out some of the small parts and springs used inside the lock body. There were 2 books written by Tim Detweiler. They were Making Working Wooden Locks and Making More Working Wooden Locks. The locks inthe books are quite large, typically 10” like the locks pictured in the same picture. I cut everything down to just below half size because I wanted my grandsons to be able to play with them without knocking themselves out. They’re grate for hand-eye co-ordination. The handcuffs were a project for a buddy who’s son was graduating from the police academy in California. I sent him the plans after cutting them out and making sure they worked, and he then did a fretcut of his son’s badge and hung the cuffs from it for a graduation gift.

-- Pop

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#1 posted 12-29-2009 04:33 AM

that is soo amazing you did a beautiful job on the locks and the cuffs era way cool

-- i wonder if obama stood in a wind storm with them big ears of his would he start spinning like a drill bit

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#2 posted 12-29-2009 05:14 AM

Pop job well done hey look great.

-- Duane, Ohio

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#3 posted 12-29-2009 05:19 AM

Cool projects nice work.

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#4 posted 12-29-2009 06:47 AM

Totally awesome! Just got the book for xmas. I’m about to make one myself. Any tips/hints for the 2nd one?

-- Jess

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#5 posted 12-29-2009 08:01 AM

Great job again, all your work looks stunning.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#6 posted 12-29-2009 09:56 AM

Jess… Like I said most of them are quite large off Tim’s plans. The neatest to build are the padlocks and warded locks. I never even tried any of the combination locks. I’ve since made a bicycle lock modeled after the padlocks (Warded lock – chapter 5) that has the actual operational inside duplicated because I made it so the shackle actually removes from the lock body and can be inserted back in anyway you turn it. BE VERY CAREFUL when routing the shackle. It can only be done on a router table. If you don’t already have one, get yourself a small piece holder, like the one offered by Rockler (35785). It will save your fingers and nerves inthe long run. That is the toughest and probably the most difficult piece to do. Enjoy…you’ll love the book. Fox Chapel Publishing still (or did) carries both books if you want to snarf up the second one right away.

The gallery in the back of the second book shows a mortise lock with over 90 pieces that Tim did. It looks and operates just like the lockset and knob you have on your front door. I would love to have the plans for that.

-- Pop

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#7 posted 12-29-2009 01:32 PM

Fine job, Doug

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#8 posted 12-29-2009 05:19 PM

Those are beautiful. Great job.

-- He said wood...

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#9 posted 12-29-2009 08:20 PM

Very cool. I’ve been wanting to try some padlocks, but I don’t have a scroll saw. That book was my inspiration for making a wooden combination lock. I incorporated it into my UN-Safe (, which was great fun to make.

Nice job!

-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...

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#10 posted 12-29-2009 10:53 PM

Trout Guy…you can do them with just a bandsaw if you have one. That’s how I started making them. You do need a router table though.

-- Pop

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#11 posted 12-05-2010 01:53 PM


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#12 posted 12-05-2010 05:01 PM

great job.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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