Door furniture

Door furniture is fitted next. A wide variety is available in the general category of mortise locks and latches, rim and cylinder locks-the latter is a form of rim lock.

The height at which a door handle is fitted is a matter of choice, though it will look better if it has a definite relationship with any glazing bars. A midway position between two bars presents a neat appearance.

To fit a latch, square a line round the stile at the required height and gauge the distance of the latch on the stile face. With a bit and brace, bore a 15mm hole at this point to accept the spindle of the latch.

Next bore and chisel a slot in the edge of the door to accept the body or barrel of the lock. The size of this depends on the size and shape of the barrel; square the lines with a try-square and marking gauge. Use this as a template for accurate marking.

Drill a series of holes corresponding with, but slightly less than, the width of the body of the barrel of the lock and to the depth of the body; chisel these out squarely.

Insert the lock body and screw the end plate to the face of the stile through its fixing holes at the top and bottom. Attach the spindle and the door handle.

Determine the position of the striking plate by direct transfer from the latch when the door is closed. A small mortise can then be chopped through the hole in the plate with a chisel to accept the latch.

The action of the latch will be made smoother if the lead-in part of the striking plate is bent back slightly, into a small recess in the door frame.

10. November 2011 by admin
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