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Post Sun Feb 21, 2016 9:52 pm

Quick and Easy Barrel Key

Wanted to make keys for a couple recent additions to my lock collection.

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But I didn't have any blanks that were even close.

Blanks? We ain't got no blanks. We don't need no blanks. I don't have to show you any stinkin' blanks. :twisted:

Think pictures will tell how this is done sufficiently without too much writing.

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That'll have to do for now until I can get some blanks. :mrgreen:

Mark for your throat cut.

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Make the throat cut

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Have to cut this off, since can only upload 20 pics at a time. Will continue in a couple minutes.

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Post Sun Feb 21, 2016 9:58 pm

Re: Quick and Easy Barrel Key

Hey, ready to impression.

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You can see where the marks are.

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From this point on, the key bitting will be pixelated (thanks to Squelchtone). Am uneasy about posting pics of post office locks, even if this one is not restricted like the Arrow lock is.

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And the second lock, too.

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:mrgreen:

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Post Sun Feb 21, 2016 10:00 pm

Re: Quick and Easy Barrel Key

Excellent work Gordon.

Thanks for uploading the tutorial and the pics.

Amazing how much can be done with basic, improvised materials, and some ingenuity.
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Post Sun Feb 21, 2016 10:45 pm

Re: Quick and Easy Barrel Key

another thing you should make for these locks is a thin metal stick with a loop on the end. this is for re-locking the lock. it is a pain to lock these locks again.

or you can use a miscut key and just shave it down so its like this: ____0 ... works great
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Brilliant!!
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Gordons work is half the reason I visit this site. Thanks buddy, so simply and genius, love it!
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Post Tue Feb 23, 2016 3:16 am

Re: Quick and Easy Barrel Key

I like this solution! I'm sure you are Macgyver in real life.
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Re: Quick and Easy Barrel Key

tpark wrote:I like this solution! I'm sure you are Macgyver in real life.


Back in the mid 1980's when that show came out, within a month, over half the people I know started calling me MacGyver. Only difference was... my fixes would work in real life. ;-)

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Post Tue Feb 23, 2016 1:22 pm

Re: Quick and Easy Barrel Key

Ingenious use of materials (to be filed away in my mind cabinet). Copper is pretty soft, however one of the few ways to harden it is work hardening, which you have done by stretching and compressing it! Brass tubing (hobby shop) might be a little more durable and keeping a few diameters around would enable using this technique as a quick fix.

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