I like to refinish furniture, and have had to deal with keyless locks
about 4 times. Each time I just used a drill, with a bit that was
just smaller than the keyhole itself. I have never had to move up in
bit sizes - the bit got inside, grabbed the tumblers, and the lock
The reason I used the smallest bit I could was so that the lock would
at least still look good, even if it didn't work. As for the
suggestions of having a new key made, I found that it was cheaper and
easier to just drill the lock out and then go buy a new lock cylinder.
They tend to be in standard sizes.
Sure, if they can get it out and bring the loose lock into you. But who is
gonna pay for a housecall to make a new key for a 10-buck cabinet lock? I
would only consider that for a <really> nice piece that I wanted to keep
original. I <have> disassembled locked desks to keep the lock intact, but it
is usually a major pain.
I would do the same thing. If it was an old piece that I wanted to keep the
original lock, then I might pay a locksmith. But for most locks, I would
drill out the original and spend 10 bucks and get a new one (20 bucks if
it's a fancy one). Even some of the old locks can be replaced with
identical ones if you go to a place like VanDykes to get it...
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