Building Brass Lock

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Building A Brass Lock:

Brass Lock 1.JPG (219016 bytes)I wanted an earlier percussion Lancaster lock, but did not want it to be like a lot of the locks on the market today. I took a Siler Mountain lock as a basic pattern and then used a sheet of brass to make the lock plate. The original Mountain Lock served as a template to drill out the necessary holes in the brass plate. The Siler lock was in kit form, making it easier to use the lock plate as a template. The following are a photos of the lock building process, hope you find it useful.

 

 

Trace Pattern.jpg (70031 bytes)Found a piece of 1/8" brass sheeting. Laid the Rough New Plate Pattern.jpg (82285 bytes)original plate on top of the brass and traced out my basic pattern.

 

 

Drum Notched Out.jpg (174732 bytes)File Plates to Match.jpg (113604 bytes)The brass was then cut out an the rough cut out was clamped up to the original plate. Filing of the brass matched up the two pieces nicely.

 

 

 

 

 

Drilled New Plate Vs Old Plate.jpg (121132 bytes)Old Plate As Drilling Template.jpg (120876 bytes)With the two pieces still clamped together, use the holes you drilled in the original plate per the Siler kit instructions and use the same drill bit to drill holes into the brass plate.  Do this for all holes.  When drilling out the tumbler hole, find a drill bit that closely matches the hole in the original plate. Drill thru the original into the brass. Then follow up with a 5/16" drill bit last.  When done, your plate should look this in the photo on the right.

 

 

Locating Sear Hole in Bridle.jpg (155905 bytes)Tap all the holes as described in the Chamber's instruction sheet; bridle hole, sear hole and sear spring hole.  Mount the bridle to the brass plate. Install the plastic piece into the sear spring hole. Rotate the bridle until it touches the plastic spacer. Tighten the bridle screw.  Insert a tap thru sear bolt hole in the front of the plate. Run this thru till you hit the bridle. This will leave a mark to indicate where to drill the bridle for the sear mounting bolt. Once the clearance hole is drilled, install the sear mounting bolt.

 

Now insert the other piece of plastic in the kit intoDrilling Bridle Hole For Tumbler.jpg (123134 bytes) the tumbler hole on the front of the brass plate. Using a 11/64" drill bit, thru the center of the plastic spacer, will guide you to drill out the bridle for the tumbler.

 

Drilled Bridle Hole.jpg (73473 bytes)Now you can see the hole in the bridle after the drilling is done.

 

 

 

Finished Sear Notch.jpg (134814 bytes)

Measuring Sear Notch.jpg (99550 bytes)Next is to locate the sear spring notch in the plate to mount the sear spring. Take measurements from the original lock plate, and eye-balling the angle of the notch in reference to the sear mounting bolt hole you can transfer markings to the new plate. I used a square engraver to dig out the notch in the plate.

Sear Spring Mounted.jpg (149972 bytes)Important to make sure the notch is deep enough for the spring to lay flat against the lock plate.

 

 

With the sear spring mounted, install the sear and make sure the two fit together nicely. Make sure the spring is not too long. You can grind a little off the end to shorten it slightly, then use a stone to smooth the interface edge.

Let's make the bolster for the lock.

Bolster Soldered.jpg (143759 bytes)The bolster is cut from the same 1/8" piece of brassBolster Soldered Another View.jpg (112650 bytes) to the same basic dimensions as the bolster on the original lock. I made it a little taller so I could file it down to match the original surface of the original plate. The bottom of the bolter was make flat. I measured up from the bottom of the plate to determine where the bottom of the bolster would be positioned and used the bridle to position it also.

Then to strengthen the bolster, I drilled two holes. One on either side of the drum notch to be filed later. Used two pieces of 1/8" brass rod to serve as rivets .

Second Hole Drilled.jpg (67391 bytes)Here you can see one rivet is peened into the Bolster Riveting.jpg (231247 bytes)hole. Must note, prior to peening the rivets into place, the hole was countersunk on either side. The peened rivet would fill this space and secure the bolster to the plate.

 

Here you can see what the plate looked like after the rivets were filed flush. Rivited Bolster Finished.jpg (87856 bytes)

 

With the bolster finished, the next critical step is to locate and notch the bottom of the bolster for the top of the main spring. The main spring will Main Spring Notch.jpg (200914 bytes)seat itself into the bottom of the bolster, which is another good reason to rivet the bolter in place to strengthen it.

(Sorry the photo was kinda blurry, not the greatest photographer)

Fit the spring into the notch when finished to make sure the depth of the notch is deep enough. Again, here I used a square engraver.

Now the lock is assembled.  I placed the drum into the notch for the drum and checked it Drum Fit In Bolster.jpg (145814 bytes)for fit. After filing a couple of high spots inside the notch, the drum fit nicely square in the notch.

Finished Lock Inside View.jpg (150249 bytes)

Here is a view of the inside of the lock once assembled. I'll polish the inside of the lock later.

 

 

 

 

 

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