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cabinet drawer lock - through gable

Alexander Mackenzie  Member

I am looking for a slightly different way of locking a desk drawer. Typically we go through the drawer face and use a keyed lock with a swing arm that moves through 90 degrees. This necessitates the drawer front being at least 1.25 inches higher than the drawer box sub front behind it, and having a stretcher close enough to engage the swing arm in a slot.

On this job - retrofitting locks to 3 drawer stacks - we have neither of these allowances.

I am trying to find a keyed lock, that can be bored in through the applied end and gable and which "pushes" in to lock, thereby axially pushing a rod into the drawer box side (where we can make a hole to receive the lock rod). I have found one or two that fit this description, but nothing that has the necessary reach to get through an applied end and gable (1.5") plus the 1/4" clearance before you hit the drawer box side.

Has anyone come across hardware that would work for this instance?

Thanks very much.


1/12/15       #2: cabinet drawer lock - through gable ...
Bruce H

I have used the one in the photo. Drill the cabinet end panel, install lock and then drill the applied finished end with a hole large enough to allow the key to work.

1/12/15       #3: cabinet drawer lock - through gable ...

You can use a gang lock activated by cam or cable with single cylinder for more remote cylinder location.
I think the last I used came from Hafele, I believe a CompX product.

1/12/15       #4: cabinet drawer lock - through gable ...
Alexander Mackenzie  Member

Thanks for the suggestions. I was hoping there was an off the shelf simple solution... wishful thinking! So now I'm wondering if it would work to weld on a 1 inch stub of 1/4 dia steel dowel to increase the reach of the one I posted as a picture... could perhaps then mount it with the key end flush on the outside.

I'm hesitant to have the barrel mechanism 'buried' below the surface of the finish panel in terms of looks... maybe there is a thimble to source that could dress that up.

Had it been part of the specs it would be easy to accomodate before building... now an after the fact request is going to cost a lot of time. Anyone been there before?... such is life ;)

1/13/15       #5: cabinet drawer lock - through gable ...
Bruce H

I don't think you would have to weld on the extension. If you drilled a hole to fit in a piece of round steel stock to fit you could Loc Tite the connection. Super glue might also work as there wouldn't be much pressure on it.

1/13/15       #6: cabinet drawer lock - through gable ...
harold morantz


There are similar locks that have an internal thread to receive a scew on the end of the tongue. It gives you more depth. Or you can add a piece of hardwood to the side of the drawer and bore a hole to get the extra depth.

1/19/15       #7: cabinet drawer lock - through gable ...
Rich Kuban

Hope this response is not too late. If I were in your position, I would use Compx StealthLock after the fact. Parts are not inexpensive, but you can easily retrofit. Designed to be battery powered, they can also be hardwired. Easy to install on site. One transmitter can activate up to 10 locks within 15 feet as I recall.

1/19/15       #8: cabinet drawer lock - through gable ...
Jim Herron

I've used the Stealth lock on secret bookcase. That would work but require three locks. Correct?
Would be easy retrofit though.

1/19/15       #9: cabinet drawer lock - through gable ...
Rich Kuban

Would require a lock for each drawer to be locked. One remote transmitter can operate two different codes. Would need to order as a package so all on same master code.

Have used these three separate occasions, all for same family. Biggest use was for trade contractor office, controlling 19 drawers on two codes.

1/25/15       #10: cabinet drawer lock - through gable ...
J Wilson  Member

AJ We use these alot.Work great.Pretty sure they will work on double wall ends. John


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