Wooden Padlock

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Project by Durnik150 posted 05-05-2009 03:26 AM 6754 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another design I came across while reading. I thought there was no way that I was going to be able to make this. After I read the instructions about a dozen times I thought that I might give it a try.

This is truly a working padlock made of wood! It locks and unlocks with the key shown. It stands about 6” tall, 4” wide and 2” deep. The body of the lock is made from bloodwood, maple, yellowheart, oak, and padauk. The hasp is made of bloodwood. The key is made of oak.

I gave this lock to my wife as a Valentine’s gift. You know, the whole, “You have the key to unlock my heart.” bit. She loves it and it has a prominent place on our display shelf.

After a coat of natural stain, I very patiently put on 3 coats of thinned poly. Knowing that this was gong to be handled a lot, and I was right, I took my time when it came to making sure each coat was fully hardened before moving on.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#1 posted 05-05-2009 04:00 AM


Lots of thought for a thoughtfull gift!

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#2 posted 05-05-2009 04:27 AM

I need plans where did you find them?

I am a locksmith in my spare time lol.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#3 posted 05-05-2009 04:49 AM

I got the plans from a book called “Making Working Wooden Locks” by Tim Detweiler. I got a copy of the book from Amazon. This lock is actually the simplest one in the book and is the only design I have attempted so far. Since you are a locksmith you might have a greater base of knowledge and be able to try some of the more difficult designs.

Best wishes and if you give it a shot, post your pictures so we can all see them!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#4 posted 05-05-2009 04:55 AM

This lock is way cool well done.


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#5 posted 05-05-2009 05:14 AM

Great looking project. I can see why your wife would have been pleased. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 05-05-2009 06:17 AM

Have not seen this idea. I like it. You did a great job, nice gift idea. Thanks…..........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#7 posted 05-05-2009 11:30 AM

Good job. I`m sure it was harder to build than one would think.
Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#8 posted 05-05-2009 01:16 PM

That is really cool. I may have to look into the book you referenced (just for sport). Nice Job!

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#9 posted 05-05-2009 02:14 PM

at first I thought no way will it open… then you gave us more. very cool project! I love the idea maybe I can make one and suck up to me wifey too. she would love it. Nice job!

-- wooley

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#10 posted 05-05-2009 11:51 PM

links to some books, the second one is out of stock

i have also been wanting to try this but never bought a book showing how yet, you might have inspired me, the lock looks great

-- Colby Norwood- learn how to measure, measure once, cut once

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#11 posted 05-06-2009 02:16 AM

Looks beautiful!

I saw one of these a few months ago and have been hashing the idea around in my head on how I might make one ever since. I’ve only been able to guess at how the spring mechanism works. Best I can figure you need a thin bendy strip that is only fastened at one end, this would be pretty “springy” and could be used for the locking mechanism….Am I close? (I will have to check out this book!! Hadn’t realized there was one!)

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#12 posted 05-06-2009 08:38 PM

Sivers. Actually you are dead on! There are two strips that flex and act as the spring. They are about the size of popsicle sticks. As you turn the key, it spreads the sticks apart and the lock unlocks. Turn the key back and the stick relax into the notches on the hasp.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#13 posted 05-07-2009 12:58 AM

I saw that book, nice execution. Always wondered if the key would hold up to use… I guess it does. Very nice.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#14 posted 01-26-2010 06:59 PM

A friend told me about his son-in-law making one of these. He intends to bring one over to show it to me.
Today I thought I’d look into it via Internet, and here it is.
Thanks to all of you who spread things around. I remember in my youth days people kept things secret.

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