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Project by DaleMaley posted 12-18-2012 12:55 PM 1980 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple years ago, I built most of the wood locks shown in Tim Detweiller’s two books on making wood locks.

At that time, I decided not to make the Giant Antique Lever Lock shown in Tim’s 2nd book. Quite frankly, I thought the lock was kind of ugly based upon the photo in Tim’s 2nd book, and it was nothing new compared to the 1856 Railroad Lock I built from the first book.

A couple weeks ago, a lady asked me to build two of the Giant Antique Lever Locks for her. I decided to use pine for the lock body because it appeared to me that Tim used pine per his photo in the 2nd book. I chose to make the hasp and keyhole trim from red oak. This lock design is massive in style compared to Tim’s other lock designs. It took me 4 pieces of 1 foot long red oak 5.5 inches x .75 inches just to make the shackle for one lock. It took a lot of pine also, but I buy common pine then carefully cut out the pieces I need, choosing sections with no knots or defects.

A thin ash spring is the secret to making the lock mechanism work.

I stained the red oak a darker color to contrast with the light yellow pine color. I then applied 3 rounds of 220 grit sanding and polyurethane.

For all the details on how I built these massive wood locks, see my web site.

Happy Holidays!

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/





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#1 posted 12-18-2012 12:59 PM

Dale,

This looks fantastic! Great work on the lock.

I have to say though, you might want to remove Tim D’s plans from your posting as I am certain they are copyrighted – and you are doing him a disservice by posting them.

Great build, keep up the good work!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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#2 posted 12-18-2012 01:13 PM

Bob:

I removed the photo of Tim D’s plans per your recommendation.

thanks

Dale

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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#3 posted 12-18-2012 02:08 PM

Dale,

I think you did the right thing. I own Tim’s book as well and I will (eventually) create some of his great locks. I just want him to get the money he deserves for his great book.

I hope I can build a lock as good as yours!

Cheers!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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#4 posted 12-18-2012 02:14 PM

very cool. You posting is great and provides a super picture on how they are made. Thanks.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 12-18-2012 03:21 PM

A most unique project.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#6 posted 12-18-2012 08:48 PM

Is that really big or it just appears big in the photo?
By the way, that’s really pleasing.


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#7 posted 12-18-2012 09:52 PM

The Giant Antique Lever Lock is 14.75 inches tall, 10.5 inches wide, and 3 inches thick.

I tried to use the coffee cup as a frame for reference for the relative size of this lock.

Dale

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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