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# Posted: 26 Jun 2018 09:52 - Edited by: sloweather

Our cabin is almost 15 years old and still didn't have a proper lock for the door. We were getting along with a combination slide bolt outside and a barrel bolt inside.

Nothing I could think of really matched the cabin's style. I sure didn't want a Home Depot lock.

Then, on Salvage Dawgs, I saw an antique rim lock like was in my grandparents' house.

Perfect! I did a little searching on the 'net and found a reproduction at a reasonable price.

Those brass keys are big!

I selected the "Bennington" style porcelain knobs because they look like wood grain.

# Posted: 26 Jun 2018 12:26


# Posted: 26 Jun 2018 15:50

# Posted: 27 Jun 2018 05:47

Gotta have the right knob for the job!

Nice work.

# Posted: 28 Jun 2018 22:00 - Edited by: Smawgunner

VERY VERY COOL!!! Well done! Do you have the link?

# Posted: 15 Jan 2021 19:03

That looks like the ones in our mountain place. It was built in 1942. I will take them to any new house we build.

If somebody wants to break in, they will regardless. Concrete block with rebar inserted and then poured with concrete is difficult to get through. The locks with the very big keys are also considered strong, but somehow people manage to break out of jails.

# Posted: 16 Jan 2021 10:58 - Edited by: gcrank1

I used an old original from our farm house like that back in 83. It worked better after I disassembled, cleaned and greased all the moving parts.
It is still working as of last Sept when I turned the key over to the new owner but I know it could use a re-lube.
Since I didnt lose the cabin by choice I didnt do it.....
I knew from the beginning it wouldnt hold up to even a good kick, or maybe shoulder slam, if somebody wanted to get in. What will, especially at a remote cabin)? What if you dont have barred windows? What if the perp(s) have one of those cordless chainsaws?
My conclusion has been that if they want to get in they will. Locked doors only keep casual opportunists from just walking in. If you make it hard to get in the breakage will be worse, then you get to fix that and still lose your stuff.

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