Cedar Chest full mortise latch removal

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Blog entry by PaPashandmade posted 10-29-2017 05:22 PM 872 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a cedar chest I am going to restore. It has a full mortise latch that I am trying to remove but can’t seem to figure out how. ANY help would be great. It’s not the original latch but would like to re-use it after I get done with the chest.I do not have the key to the lock.

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#1 posted 10-30-2017 01:40 AM

I don’t think you can get that lock cylinder out without a key, or the ability to pick the lock. Those locks are easy to pick, but not if you don’t have tools and at least some experience playing around with locks.

It looks like you’re going to need to drill it, which is easier said than done because the steel in those locks is quite hard. It’s still your best bet unless someone knows a trick to get that apart some other way.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#2 posted 10-30-2017 11:23 PM

Thanks Rich, I figured as much. After messing with it for a while I decided to cut it out. I was able to get the cylinder out with a hammer and small chisel the rest came out after that. Didn’t really want to replace it but since it wasn’t original anyway I guess it doesn’t matter.

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