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Project by MasterSergeant posted 08-08-2019 01:13 PM 415 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my rendition of a “Lever Padlock” referenced the book: “Making Working Wooden Padlocks” by Tim Detweiler.
This is my third padlock from his book each having its own difficulties and learned skill sets.
The face and back were challenging, I had to establish several radius points on a blank wooden square. Unnerving establishing landmarks on a blank field but I prevailed.
The simple task of establishing the “CLICK” when the lock closes was a tough one. Measurements had to be exact to get the “Click”! Using jeweler’s files and calipers I got the CLICK I was after.
The key WOW, drilling and cutting on a round surface and drilling a small end grain on a round surface! I will admit I added some dowel stock to the burn barrel before I was successful. I ended up making a jig to hold the dowel and allow the cutting on both ends for the key.
One of the locks for the middle section (mechanizm section) I used reclaimed wood out of a building at Ft Snelling, MN. This building is the Clock Tower and Headquarter for General Custer! How cool is that!!!! The wood I used was destined for the burn pile, I didn’t deface a historic site but maybe I preserved a piece of history.
I wish they allowed short videos, I have one of the lock opening and closing. Maybe this will work: https://photos.app.goo.gl/z2uYj72kRDxqjmPx5

Hope you like, let me know what you think!!! I have one more lock to build, I’ll save that one for this coming winter.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction





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#1 posted 08-08-2019 01:24 PM

One of the jigs I made to construct this lock.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#2 posted 08-08-2019 01:25 PM

A nice picture of the components ready for first test fit.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#3 posted 08-08-2019 02:25 PM

Looks like a fun project. do they end up on a mantle for looks or a coffee table as a conversation starter?

-- Ty

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#4 posted 08-08-2019 02:32 PM

Very nice one. I have the book and made one. It was a fun project and did make a great conversation piece. I think one of my grandkids ended up with it. This makes me want to dig the book out and try another.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#5 posted 08-08-2019 02:42 PM

Nice job

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#6 posted 08-08-2019 03:47 PM



Looks like a fun project. do they end up on a mantle for looks or a coffee table as a conversation starter?

- tynewman


Yes, they are strictly ornamental and a heck of a fun making! Tedious at times.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#7 posted 08-08-2019 03:49 PM



Very nice one. I have the book and made one. It was a fun project and did make a great conversation piece. I think one of my grandkids ended up with it. This makes me want to dig the book out and try another.

- PaulDoug


I have one more in the book to make this winter. They do stir up conversation!! :D

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#8 posted 08-08-2019 03:52 PM

Beautify done!!!
Very interesting project, been looking to try one for a long time.

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/116729

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#9 posted 08-08-2019 03:57 PM

I really like this.
You did a great job!

-- When you leave your shop for the night, make sure you can always count to 10.

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#10 posted 08-08-2019 04:00 PM

Good fun!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#11 posted 08-08-2019 05:28 PM

Wow !!! nice work, bravo.

-- andrek

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#12 posted 08-09-2019 12:34 AM

GREAT JOB :<))) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#13 posted 08-09-2019 12:43 AM

Really nice. Looks nice with your choice of woods as well.

Far too fiddley for me to try. My fingers are like sausages.

-- George Coles, https://www.jarrahworks.com

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#14 posted 08-09-2019 01:49 AM

Lovely and amusing

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#15 posted 08-09-2019 05:46 AM

Metal things made of wood could realy look great….just as those locks do!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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