Fitting Furniture Keys
Replacing keys for an existing lock is difficult
- Lock bits, also known as blades, are specifically cut to fit a lock. Depending on the lock mechanism this can be complex.
- Unfortunately knowing the manufacturer and model number of the lock does not help in locating a key to fit an antique lock.
- Cutting the bit/blade, to turn the lock mechanism, often requires the skills of a locksmith.
Before choosing a key blank:
Determine lock-pin diameter This measurement is critical as key-barrel must slide over lock pin.
- The key-bit must be sized correctly to move the lock-bolt .
Profile of key-bit varies according to individual locks.
- Some locks are easily turned with a simple un-notched blade
- Other locks require a key bit with one notch to lock or unlock
- Many locks require a key cut with 2 notches: one notch locks the lock the other notch unlocks the lock
- Some locks, made with spring-loaded levers, also require 2 notches however they also must be different sizes. This type of key is difficult to reproduce
Selecting Keyhole Covers - Escutcheons
For accurate fit:
- Measure keyhole height in keyhole cover
- Measure key-end height, height of key-bit
- Compare above determined measurements, to interior keyhole measurements, of the desired keyhole cover
When will my order ship?
Orders normally leave our warehouse in 1 – 2 business days
Ground delivery usually takes 3-5 business days depending upon your location. We ship out of Maryland
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Returns are accepted within 60 days of receipt for a full merchandise refund - your original payment method will be credited for the merchandise amount.
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