1856 Railroad Lock with clear front cover

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Project by DaleMaley posted 09-04-2014 12:18 AM 1698 views 7 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The mother of a 20-month old searched the internet and found my web site on building wood locks. Her child is fascinated with locks, and she wanted to buy one for him to play with. She requested that the child be able to see how the lock works.

She requested I apply no finish because she wanted to apply her own non-toxic finish.

The lock body is red oak, the hasp and lever are maple, the latch bolt is red padauk. The spring is ash.

I used 1/8” thick acrylic for the clear front cover. I had never used acrylic before, but it worked out ok. I used a special blade for the scroll saw to saw the acrylic. I used Forstner bits to drill the keyhole.

I have made several of these locks, and have had a couple of the maple hasps blow up while routing the round-over radius. This is very nerve-wracking when it explodes!! For this lock, I temporarily attached a scrap piece of pine on top of the hasp using hot-melt glue. This worked great and no explosions either!! I used a 1” wide chisel to pry the pieces apart after routing, and to scrap off the hot-melt glue.

To see all of my trials & tribulations of building this lock….....see my web site.

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#1 posted 09-04-2014 12:22 PM

Beautiful work!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 09-04-2014 05:08 PM

Cool project—especially like the clear cover!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 09-04-2014 11:20 PM

Thanks for the compliments.

Here is what the original 1856 railroad looked like with the wood front cover…........

-- Dale, Illinois,

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