|Project by DaleMaley||posted 12-18-2012 12:55 PM||4071 views||6 times favorited||7 comments|
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.
-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/