I have a bunch of antique equipment in cabinets. Many of them have locks like pic related but are missing the keys.
What is the proper name for a flat metal key like this?
Bonus question: Any good tutorials on making new keys to fit the locks?
half mortise cabinet lock
no special name for the key - it's a key
keys would be difficult to make unless the lock can be disassembled
if lock comes apart you can determine how to cut the key to match
>if lock comes apart
I was hoping not to take them apart. They are riveted (or peened) together and I'm afraid one dissassebly might be the end of the lock.
A few boards have suggested making a flat key blank, sticking it in and wiggling it to get the internal warding (I think it's called) to mark the blank. Problem is: The keys are steel and the locks are brass. So there are not clear marks left.
I just got rid of an old dresser i got from my grandparents from our cabin that had locks on each drawer. At first i thought they were just decorative but they weren't. I had it in my garage storing random crap but i needed the space. I had no key for it but now im thinking i shoulda messed around with it. Bummer.