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about  Reclaiming a wooden rim lock.

A 'challenge' to be sure.

What a mess. This lock arrived still attached to part of the door it was on, it had been hacked off with a saw and was in 'original' condition. This is about as bad as it gets. Can we save it?
 
The lock as it arrived, complete with a piece of the original door !!!
 
Well so far so good, managed to get the thing to bits. Not at all sure what that slug like thing is, but it went in the bin.
 
The mechanism is in a shocking state. The back plate is wobbly and there are all sorts of 'foreign bodies' lurking in there. Fortunately the mechanism is all there and not rusted solid so things are looking promising. Check out the brutalised case.
 
One of these will be persuaded to fit, eventually, with the help of a file or two and a bit of fiddling. We are always on the lookout for more keys and pay cash on the spot for singles, groups and entire collections.
 
The case needed some work including gluing a split at the back and repairing the damage done when the lock was sawn off it's door. The repair is done with traditional hot animal glue. We always use traditional materials when we can.
 
The repair sets in the vice and while it cools and hardens we refinish the embellishments. The idea is not to make it look 'like new' but to keep as much character as possible. We find a key to fit and refinish the lock mechanism.
 
Now we have the lock working we re-finish the case and re-attach the embellishments. Next job is to fit the mechanism to the case.
 
And here we have the completed lock. Restored and fully working and ready for another 100 years.
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