LumberJocks

Retro fitting a lock?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Designing Woodworking Projects forum

Forum topic by leftcoaster posted 06-07-2018 12:37 PM 435 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View leftcoaster's profile

leftcoaster

258 posts in 1296 days


06-07-2018 12:37 PM

A friend was burglarized a year or so ago. Apparently the thief used a metal detector to locate the drawer where jewelry could be taken as no ransacking took place aside from that.

Having been burned once, he wants to take some preventive measures.

They have a dresser with small, shallow drawers. Is there available hardware that he can install to lock it without drilling a lock into the drawer front? His idea was an electronic lock that opens with a fob. If unplugged it would remain locked.

Other ideas or sources for hardware?


4 replies so far

View John Smith's profile

John Smith

1880 posts in 583 days


#1 posted 06-07-2018 01:01 PM

my idea would be to get a wall safe and bolt it to the studs inside a closet.
I’m thinking the carcass of a dresser could easily be breached with a small crowbar.

-- I am a painter. That's what I do. I paint things --

View Rich's profile

Rich

4564 posts in 1009 days


#2 posted 06-07-2018 01:59 PM

My dad used to say that locks keep the honest people out. If a criminal wants it — he’ll get it. Safes are good to have for protecting things from the heat if there’s a fire, and they can be secured with varying levels of strength. If you want real security, get a safe deposit box at the bank. I think locks on a dresser are a waste of time other than to keep the kids out.

Back to your question, a great solution would be to build a concealment piece of some sort. Things like tissue box covers with false bottoms, wall mounted coat hangers that can swing open, picture frames with hidden areas, or any number of other ideas would serve to hide valuables pretty well. Again, not foolproof, but better than a locked dresser.

As far as the metal detector goes, use metal coat hooks on a coat hanger, or metal embellishments on a box with a hidden compartment and a positive read from the detector won’t seem unusual.

You can use magnetic catches to latch things closed and then opened with a strong magnet pressed against a certain spot. Search around for ideas because I’ve stumbled across tons of them.

-- Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill. -- Shinichi Suzuki

View leftcoaster's profile

leftcoaster

258 posts in 1296 days


#3 posted 06-07-2018 02:06 PM

View JADobson's profile

JADobson

1443 posts in 2531 days


#4 posted 06-07-2018 03:25 PM


Apparently the thief used a metal detector to locate the drawer where jewelry could be taken as no ransacking took place aside from that.

- leftcoaster

Much more likely is that someone knew where it was already.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com