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12-09-2004, 08:15 PM
I have just finished a steering console for my runabout. It has a hinged top and I would like to add a lock to it.
I would rather not use a hasp and padlock arrangement. I would like to use some type of flush lock in the face of the console with some type of hook that graps the top.
For corrosion resistance and to avoid affecting the compass mounted on top of the console, the lock needs to be brass or stainless steel.
I have looked through a number of catalogs and haven't found anything suitable.
Does anyone have any ideas?
12-09-2004, 08:32 PM
I recently went through that search and came up with this:
What I preferred was another chance to use the tiny keyhole saw I made just to install these....but I couldn't find a mortised, all-brass lockset.
12-10-2004, 12:55 AM
A setup that might look less clunky than a hasp could be a short brass tang inset in the front of the console .This would project through a slit in the top of the lowered lid and would have a hole to accept a small padlock. A brass insert in the top would be sized to keep the padlock ,which would lay flat , from contacting the wood . My thought was that the console is weather resistant enough that the small slit in the cover wouldn't matter .A simple scupper could be cut in the edge of the lid to drain rainfall .
[ 12-10-2004, 01:06 AM: Message edited by: Bill Perkins ]
12-13-2004, 02:12 PM
Thanks for the thoughts. The idea of a tang running through the top gave me an idea.
The top overlaps the base by 3/4 inch. I put a 3/8 ss clevis pin down through the top and a 1/2 ss clebis pin through the front of the base. The top clevis pin is dropped through a hole in the base clevis pin and then a small lock goes through a hole in the vertical clevis pin. I also threaded a portion of the vertical clevis pin so I can use a knurled nut to adjust the closing pressure of the top which seats against a gasket to keep things water tight.
Don't know if you can follow my description but it was easy to do and it looks very clean
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