Wooden door knobs & latchesThis page also available in French
My dad originally started making wooden door latches for the cottages he built at Amogla camp. Conventionally available doorknobs and strike plates don't allow for a lot of latitude in terms of dealing with shifts in the buildings from frost heaving. That, and the available door hardware just didn't suit his style.
The door latches pictured above are for the house he built for the main house, more than 10 years after making his first door knobs and latches. They are an evolved version of his original door handles.
These ones incorporate an internal spring, allowing them to latch closed on their own when a door is pushed shut.
For bathroom doors, there's an additional pin that can be pushed through the body of the block, which prevents the handle from turning.
Also interesting are some of the sliding latches he made. The one pictured above is for a small door leading into the attic. The latch can't be opened from the other side, so its a little simpler.
To keep the slider from getting pulled all the way out of the block, it has a small dowel in it, which slides in a slot in the block - as pictured above.
I hope these inspire you to create your own. I do not make these for sale.
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