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Cedar Chest Latch and Lock Technical Guide

hi I'm Chris with Rockler tech support

today we're going to be looking at our

cedar chest lock and latch mechanism

this is a very good mechanism we sell a

lot of these customers are very

impressed by it it is a little confusing

it has a child safety feature and

occasionally we get calls from customers

who don't quite understand its operation

turns out it's very simple with most

locks when you put a key in turn it in

one direction you lock a lid or door

closed and latched and turn it the other

direction it is both unlatched and

unlocked this mechanism works a little

differently than regular locks or

latches it has a push button on the

front that moves in and out and the key

serves merely to enable that button or

disable it when you put the key into the

latch and turn it fully clockwise and

remove the key the button is free to

move fully in and out and if you look

inside the end of the mechanism here

you'll see a plate moving in and out

along with the button and it's traveling

all the way to the back and all the way

to the front there's a latch piece that

would be on your lid notice there's a

projection at one side of the latch when

you close the lid this latch will go in

and if the button is out when you do

that it'll pull right back out it's not

latched or locked if you push the button

in when you close the lid and put the

latch in and release the button it

captures this piece the lid is now

latched but unlocked you can push the

button to release it push the button to

latch it a lot of times people will do

that if they're just going to be moving

the chest or something taking it

somewhere else and they don't want it to

open and inverting lis but they don't

need to lock it the other operation of

this is when you put the key in turn it

fully counterclockwise and remove it the

button is now disabled now it still

moves a little bit but if you look

inside the end of the mechanism you'll

see the plate won't move all the way it

won't allow you to lat

if you try to close the lid the lid will

still close but you cannot latch it

that's a safe way to have it for if you

have children around they they cannot

climb in themselves and accidentally get

latched in place they can't climb in and

have their little brother or sister

latch them in place it certainly can't

be locked without the key the other mode

is to push the button in before you lock

the button you push the button in close

your lid let the button loose to latch

it it's now latched but it's still

unlocked you can push the button and lat

and open the top and then put the key in

and turn it fully counterclockwise

remove the key the latch is still stuck

in the mechanism as it should be the lid

is closed it is latched it is also

locked pushing this button has no effect

on releasing the lid

to open it of course put the key in turn

it fully counter fully clockwise again

this enables the button now push the

button the latch is released and you can

open the lid that's really all there is

to this mechanism it has three modes of

operation with the key in and turned

fully counter or fully clockwise when

you remove the key the button is enabled

you can latch the lid or you can close

the lid without latching it if you want

to lock the lid you close the lid and

latch it and then turn the key fully to

the counter clockwise direction remove

it from the lock and the lid will be

locked that's really all there is to it

very handy device I'm Chris with Rockler

tech support if you have any other

questions about this or any of our other

products please feel free to give us a

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