How to Install a Lock in Your Workshop Cabinet

What You'll Need
Tumbler lock
Hole cutter
Tape measure

A locked workshop cabinet is a safer workshop cabinet. Things are less likely to disappear and children can’t get into the cabinet where you might be keeping something dangerous. It’s not difficult to install a lock on your workshop cabinet. It takes just a little equipment and it’s something you can do even if you’re not a skilled woodworker.

Step 1 - Lock

For a workshop cabinet, you really need to install a tumbler lock. To make sure you buy the right size, you need to measure the thickness of the cabinet door. At the store, find a lock for the appropriate thickness of wood. At the same time, buy a hole cutter attachment for your drill that will be right for the size of lock you’ve just purchased.

Step 2 - Measuring

When you open up the lock, you’ll see a template for installation. This will show you how far from the edge you need to drill the hole. To judge how high to put the hole, measure the height of the door of your workshop cabinet and make a mark halfway up the wood. Now, put your template over the wood at the mark while following the instructions and trace through to indicate where you should cut.

Step 3 - Cutting

If you have a steady hand, you can drill the hole in the workshop cabinet door when it’s in the cabinet. If not, the best thing to do is to remove it and lay it down with supports underneath. except for the area where you’ll be drilling.

Check to make sure you have the correct diameter of hole cutter. Start the drill and push down firmly, going slowly through the wood. It’s important that the hole is straight so that the workshop cabinet lock fits properly and will open and close. Keep working slowly and keep the pressure even until you’ve drilled all the way through the wood. Remove the drill.

Step 4 - Fitting the Lock

Use sandpaper to smooth the inside of the hole. Once it’s clean, push the lock into the hole making sure it’s the right way up. It should be a tight fit. At the back of the door where the lock extends, you’ll need to nut to keep it in place. Screw it on to hand tightness then complete with a wrench until the lock is tight in the door and won’t move when you turn the key.

Now, you will see an arm that will fit into the back of the lock. This is what will move when you turn the key to lock the workshop cabinet. Screw this into place, making sure that when you finish, the arm will go in the correct direction when you turn the key. Some locks will have a metal plate that attaches to the door without the lock. If so, attach it and check to make sure the lock will close and open smoothly.