Locking a blanket chest

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Forum topic by SouthernBoy posted 04-13-2012 03:53 AM 2274 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-13-2012 03:53 AM

I am building a version of a blanket chest with two drawers at the bottom. It is for my niece who is going away to college so she needs to have chest to keep her prsonal chest. Ineed advie on how to lock to to lid wihout it looking like a hole in the top with a lock stuck in it. If you have any ideas please help. Thanks.

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#1 posted 04-13-2012 03:57 AM

There are locks made for chests that mortise inot the front wall from the inside. there is only a push button sticking through the front with a key slot. These are not high security locks by they keep people like myself out.

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#2 posted 04-13-2012 04:06 AM

Try making a locking device where you would maybe turn a leg, or push a piece of trim to trip the locking pin. This way there is no lock showing.

The only thing I was told when I went into the Navy was a lock was to keep a honest person honest. Good luck.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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#3 posted 04-13-2012 04:14 AM i have used this one before and its very well made

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#4 posted 04-13-2012 04:59 AM

There was a recall some years ago of cedar chest locks to make
them easy to open if a child gets shut inside, since most auto-latch.

All I can say is that if you are making a chest big enough for kids
to climb into, you’d be super uncool to make it with any other
but the updated style of latch.

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#5 posted 04-13-2012 01:34 PM

There are all kinds of chest locks. Some mortise in and others dont. I built a steamer trunk some years ago and used an external lock…see in my gallery. It works and looks great if you dont want to mortise a lock. Otherwise moritse locks work great too and arent too difficult to put in if you like that route.

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#6 posted 04-14-2012 11:31 AM

The Horton lock listed about is a good one. I have used those many times. bob

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