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  • Mortising doors for old-style locksets?

    How do I bore a door to accept the old style of slide-in mortise lock? Or is it even possible?

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    Re: Mortising doors for old-style lock-sets?

    Ask This Old House just did a ditty on this exact topic. I do not know the show number but it is a recent one so check your PBS listings.

    Is the door a solid wood type or hollow door?

    They showed the process with a solid wood door, step by step.
    Basically using a paddle bit, electric drill, a drill holder accessory, and a jig to ensure the drill accessory remains stable and secure.

    Sorry for the lack of additional detail

    Cactus Man

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      Re: Mortising doors for old-style locksets?

      there was a special jig that many used, it basically aloud you to drill a series of holes straight into the edge of the door,
      I can't find a picture of one, but was basically a self centering doweling jig, that all had the same size of hole instead of various holes like a modern doweling jig,
      http://www.woodzone.com/Merchant2/gr...weling-jig.jpg

      but if one drills a series of holes and then carefully chisels out the mortise should work, keep them straight and centered.

      a "hand" method,
      http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-...092841,00.html
      modern jig,

      http://www.jimslimstools.com/Product...iser__513.aspx

      you would have to have a solid or full edge door or at lest a good lock block in the door,
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        Re: Mortising doors for old-style locksets?

        You could do it the way it was done for many many years (before current locks came in to style) --using a brace and bit and a good sharp chisel. Mark out the hole, draw a line down the center and bore a series of holes to the depth you need. shave out the remaining wood with the chisel, slide the lock into the mortise, mark out the face plate and chisel out the recess for it.

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          Re: Mortising doors for old-style locksets?

          Originally posted by Pipestone Kid View Post
          You could do it the way it was done for many many years (before current locks came in to style) --using a brace and bit and a good sharp chisel. Mark out the hole, draw a line down the center and bore a series of holes to the depth you need. shave out the remaining wood with the chisel, slide the lock into the mortise, mark out the face plate and chisel out the recess for it.
          I just did one about a month ago, and thats how I did it. The jig is way to expensive and you will probably use it once every 5 yrs maybe. Take your time doing it. I clamped the door to my work bench and made sure it was plumbed, then I used a drill with a built in level, came out perfect. Oh, a really sharp chisel will make that job easier, of course....
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