October 31, 2018 3 min read
Full Mortise Locks offer the most concealed appearance. Use on drawers and doors. Installation requires, a pocket to be cut in wood, to house lock mechanism. Once installed, all that is visible is a simple, brass rectangular plate, known as the selvedge. Full Mortise Locks are often desired for its minimalist appearance.
When using half mortise locks on drawers consider position of keyhole, as it is often off center. When engaged, lock-bolt shoots up into case above drawer. A strike is rarely used.
Our full mortise locks work both right-hand and left-hand cabinet doors. Please note: some full mortise locks are not available in both left and right options. When looking for door locks be sure lock is handed according to your needs.
Doors hinged right - bolt shoots left.
Doors hinged left - bolt shoots right.
The most used full mortise locks for desks are the popular roll top desk locks. These applications require a trap-door strike with the lock.
Cabinet work may be necessary if potential substitutes have different lock-body or lock-plate measurements.
Keyhole location measurement is critical.Replacement lock-keyhole-location must match location of keyhole in furniture.
To measure: easiest to measure old lock, if you have it:
Determine desired location of lock