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Full Mortise Chest Lock

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82% of 100

Brass plated lock requires 2" L x 1-1/2" D x 5/16" mortise. Escutcheon provided.

(1) Full Mortise Chest Lock
(1) Skeleton style key
More Information
Brand Rockler
Weight 0.2000
Tech Spec
  • Selvedge is 3/8" x 3-1/8"
Finish Brass
4.1 / 5.0
40 Reviews
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Great product for the price!
Because of where this lock goes on the desk lid, this was a challenge to install, but not because of the lock. My desk lid has a 3/8 recess so the lid is inset into the desk like nearly all period desks. So, once I cut the mortice for this lock, I had about a 1/16" layer of wood left. Very, very carefully shaved the material with a very sharp chisel. Other than that, installation is very straightforward.
This was a challenging mortice to cut, but patience and luck will get you through.
This close-up photo makes this look worse than it is. This will look great on the finished product.
Drill as close as you dare so you don't poke through the desk surface like I did, a tiny bit.
April 11, 2020
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
The lock and key are great but the escutcheon is a little disappointing. Its a little too big and not the quality of the rest of the lick set.
April 8, 2019
1 year ago
Worked great! So happy I found Rockler hardware. I know where to look now!
January 9, 2019
1 year ago
works great and looks good
I put this in an old style cabinet makers cabinet...worked great
December 25, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Works great in my tool chest
Classic look and feel for traditional work. Smooth turning action. Comes with all the screws and keyhole trim.
September 4, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
mortised lock set
The mortised lock was good we had ordered from an other company that the lock was very cheap and didn`t work glad we picked Rockler the second time
June 26, 2018
1 year ago
They worked great thanks
November 22, 2017
over 2 years ago
Worked great for my application. Would be nice if it came in silver
Lock set worked great
Lock set worked great
October 6, 2016
over 3 years ago
Very nice. A template for locating the keyhole would help.
May 26, 2016
over 4 years ago
Excellent working lock and well built. Only complaint is the nails for the key plate are a touch long when lock is installed in wood less than one inch thick. Easily fixed with short brass screws or a predrill and snipped nails.
May 21, 2016
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
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A splurge on a small project in my remodeled bathroom
Daniel K on Apr 26, 2020
It is the best buy I could find.
Donald H on Mar 21, 2020
A splurge on a small project in my remodeled bathroom
Daniel K on Apr 26, 2020
To add class to my grandaughters hope chest.
Cheryl D on Apr 15, 2020
It is the best buy I could find.
Donald H on Mar 21, 2020
they had good reviews
Richard D on Feb 28, 2020
Lock works great on hope chests
Russ C on Feb 27, 2020
New chest needs a new lock. We like the look of this one.
David J on Feb 15, 2020
Making wedding card box for my son. Should look really nice.
Mike M on Dec 20, 2019
Richard M on Dec 4, 2019
Am building my granddaughter's graduation hope chest.
richard c on Nov 20, 2019
Decided to try this lock the more expensive lock has a flimsy ketch. This lock appears to be more solid.
John L on Oct 28, 2019
only place i could find them
Dave W on Aug 16, 2019
It is for an antique desk that I purchased.
Salvatore D on Aug 16, 2019
replacing broken lock
Joe W on Jul 31, 2019
This installs easily with a relatively shallow mortise, and fits well in the 18thC reproduction chests I build. With proper exterior craftsmanship (forming a keyhole correctly and not using the bass key-plate) it passes the "period correct-as-possible" criteria.
James G on Jun 12, 2019
Have used before
Mary V on Mar 20, 2019
It will finish off a ‘secret’ box I’m working on.
Dana G on Feb 27, 2019
Shadow box
Brian D on Feb 23, 2019
Linus F E on Jan 1, 2019
making toy boxes for my 3 granddaughters
charles w on Dec 16, 2018
I have used this in the past. Great little lock for small boxes. I was able to pirate/adapt the quadrant hinge jigs for easy installation. Buy the deep router bit and take your time.
John O on Nov 13, 2018
used before works well
Edward L on Aug 12, 2018
seems appropriate for my chest.
george b on Aug 9, 2018
Exact replacement. Amazing
Paul M on Jul 8, 2018
Made several cases with these. work good & reasonable price.
Martin H on Jul 5, 2018
Building a large cedar chest. Like the antique look.
Christina L on Jun 16, 2018
made well and is just what we needed for our granddaughter blanket chest.
Gloria B on Jun 5, 2018
I'm building my son's wedding gift - a large box similar to Woodworking Magazine's "1839 School Box" and need a lock for it.
Christopher H on May 29, 2018
Replace the old lock chest.
James V on May 4, 2018
Have successfully used it before
Raymond S on Apr 26, 2018
I am jealously possessive of my wife's chest and I want to lock it up when not in use.
john b on Feb 19, 2018
Couldn't find one anywhere else
Debbie on Feb 11, 2018
Project I'm making.
Andres M on Feb 8, 2018
Making hope chest for customer
DBeersman on Feb 4, 2018
look good
William W on Jan 31, 2018
I like the clean look of these for large chests. They aren't the best for security but serve the purpose.
Darrel H on Jan 1, 2018
I chose this so I could put it in a telephone table with a drawer that I'm building.
Cameron J on Dec 31, 2017
for a memory chest
KEVIN L on Dec 3, 2017
For wedding card box.
Guest on Jul 30, 2017
Replace a missing one in my desk
Debbie on Jun 27, 2017
For a small jewelry box
Reynaldo E on Jun 16, 2017
Easy install
Matthew S on Apr 11, 2017
works great and looks good
Gerald B on Apr 8, 2017
restoring an small oval table with drawer. Lock set was missing & this lock set should be a great fit
Dan R on Mar 13, 2017
Suggested by a friend and fits the project I'm trying to do.
Benjamin S on Jan 17, 2017
Built a wooden box and needed a mortise lock for a clean look
Kurt P on Jan 15, 2017
How else would I protect the cigars?
David G on Jan 2, 2017
Lee W on Dec 29, 2016
Because I am restoring an antique chest that we plan on using as a coffee table. Simply put I just wanted to restore it to its original state
Roberto F on Oct 11, 2016
Michael K on Aug 1, 2016
replacement for one that is binding and doesn't full function correctly.
Randy G on Jun 4, 2016
To add class to my grandaughters hope chest.
Cheryl D on Apr 15, 2020
they had good reviews
Richard D on Feb 28, 2020
Are the keys for this lock universal? If I order several locks will the keys be interchangeable?
ArcNYC on Jan 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, each lock is the same. One key fits them all.
What screw size does this latch use?
A shopper on Jun 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Mine came with screws and I have put them in place, so I'm not sure what size they were. They are brass, so I had to be careful to make the whole large enough, that the screw didn't break off. I had one break off!
What is the backset for this?
Debbie on Jun 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Just about anything will be ok. I centered the lock set in 5/8 thick cherry stock. I would go thicker in softer wood. I was very happy with this lock.
Hi, I am very much interested into that lock. Is it possible to buy an extra key? In case I lose the one we get with the lock, what should I do?
Philippe S on Jan 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I don't know you would probably need to look in a Rockler catalog.
What are the dimensions of the latch & plate? can it be installed in 2/4" thick wood?
Mel K on Sep 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: If you go onto and enter the number 28241 in the search box is will take you to this products page. A down the page a little on the right side you will see the header labeled Technical Downloads. Click on the document below that and that has all the measurements I am sure you'll need
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