Wooden Locks

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Project by DaleMaley posted 04-12-2012 01:56 PM 5687 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have made most of the lock patterns shown in Tim Detweiller’s two books.

On my web site, I try to illustrate with photos how I made them….....

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#1 posted 04-12-2012 02:32 PM

Great job Dale. I’ve made the first, simplest of the locks but haven’t done the others. Kudos for persistence!

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

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#2 posted 04-12-2012 07:56 PM

I just began looking for his books recently, and could only find the second one for $300+. Does anyone know a reasonably priced source for the second book (I mean, that’s more than my organic chemistry textbook costed in college!).

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#3 posted 04-12-2012 11:28 PM

I can help you find a copy of the 2nd book. Visit my web site, and email me from my web site.



-- Dale, Illinois,

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#4 posted 04-13-2012 02:08 AM

Very nice projects!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#5 posted 04-13-2012 10:58 AM

yes very nice—-do they work?

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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#6 posted 04-13-2012 11:05 AM

Yes, all of these wood locks actually work. Many of them use a thin strip of ash wood as a spring.

Here is a finished example, an 1856 railroad lock. It has a sliding cover over the keyhole to keep the ice and snow out of the lock.

Here is how it works:

You can see how all the different lock designs work at my web site.

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#7 posted 04-13-2012 12:41 PM

Dale, you have a great web site, thanks for sharing it.

-- Rodman

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#8 posted 04-13-2012 10:37 PM


Thanks for the compliment on my web site.

I have documented close to 100 different woodworking projects I have done over the years.

Thanks again!


-- Dale, Illinois,

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#9 posted 04-17-2012 01:50 PM

Very nice job :)
the neighborhood thieves would love them (joke) hahaha

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#10 posted 04-28-2012 01:12 PM

I developed a Sketchup view which illustrates how the warded padlock works:

-- Dale, Illinois,

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