say these are nasty... they MUST be
So a few nights ago I begin experimenting.
I've home brewed some in hopes of beefing up Kwiksets. I've decided it's really not my place
to tell people they have shit on their front door, lol... so maybe I can at least
make it better.
Seems 3 outta every 4 homes around here have Kwikset. If ya can't beat em'.... join em'.
The first few I did I made from Kwikset's standard .180 driver.
Can be a little tricky starting out with such a short pin though.
So for this particular one I tried starting out with a #6 keypin.
With more of the pin in the dremel chuck, it gave me a little more control.
I was then able to form the majority of the pin before flipping it over to
finish off the other end (being sure to bring it to the proper length
My camera started fuckin' with me at this point... but you get the idea.
Much experimenting to be had yet - but not too shabby for a first draft.
I think the bevel on either end could be a bit deeper yet. Also, the angles on my barrel are more
extreme than the pins in your photo. I'd imagine a shallower barrel may be just as effective. And
actually, it would be easier for me to produce than what I've done here having to dig in so deep.
This pin design gives me a number of ideas. Slight variances while keeping the same basic shape.
Any thoughts Xeo? Or is this pin about as wicked as can be as is? For example; a serration on
either end rather than the bevel. Or two serrations towards the middle - one on either side of
the peak. What if I made the top end a smaller diameter or even a ball... allowing the pin to
tilt into an even deeper false? How about a T-pin style for the top? I could very easily do
that rather than cutting down the other end left over from the #6 pin (middle picture