Choosing and Installing a Lockset
Simple steps for securing boxes, doors, and desk lids
Synopsis: In years past, a desk might hold not only valuable papers but also high-priced tea and spices in its tiny, specially made drawers; so often, locksets were a requirement. Today they are used to add a touch of elegance and design, as well as function. Lonnie Bird discusses three types of locksets: full mortise, half mortise, and surface. He describes their different uses and appearances and gives detailed explanations on how to install each type on a door, drawer, box, or lid.
From Fine Woodworking #162
Years ago, locksets were installed on most case pieces. Books, papers and other important documents were secured inside secretaries, while expensive tea and spices were housed in specially made, diminutive chests complete with tiny drawers and locking doors.
Although most of us today are not as concerned about keeping…