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New Lock Building Class


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May 7-11, 2018


6100 Stillwell-Beckett Road

Oxford, Ohio 45056


LC Rice is one of the foremost experts on Lock building. Co-founder of L&R Lock Co and Co-founder of Rice Barrel Co. Assembled locks for Siler Locks and for Colonial Williamsburg. In 1976 assembled 200 locks for bi-centennial rifles to commemorate our country’s 200th birthday. He assembles locks for Jim Chambers’s Flintlocks and others

Welcome to the first  LOCK BUILDING CLASS by Lost Cause RICE, the professor of lock building.
He will be with us for the 5 day seminar to help you learn how to put together a fine working lock.  He can save you from lots of problems in assembling a quality lock.  We look forward to his being here..
You will enjoy his humor…

As student you will need to supply the following:

1- Small Siler lock kit right hand or 1- Large Siler lock kit right hand
1- 1/4” open end wrench at least 4” long
 Safety glasses
1- #10 -Screwdriver, Brownells or equivalent
Camera for documenting things you like
 Your GUN LOCK to be checked if you desire

We provide the following:

All lunch meals with Wed night dinner meal catered with trimmings
1-6” mill file or bastard cut
All taps and drills and equipment needed
Shop will be open from 7am till late as needed to allow ample time for completion of your project


5 days of instruction
With 500.00 deposit due at notification of attendance.
Check or money order preferred. Remainder due on 1st day of class.
No refunds after 4/15/2018.


Coffee and introductions – Bio from students

  • Brief history of locks
  • State goal of producing an heirloom quality lock
  • Safety procedures for basic equipment: drill press, belt grinder
  • Explain why drill bit works and tap
  • Wash oil from lock parts
  • Straighten plates
  • Degate all sprue from parts

Tuesday and Wednesday

  • Process all parts from rough to final grinding
  • Polishing
  • Drilling
  • Tapping for screws


  • Heat treat
  • Polish
  • Sand blast


  • Final assembly
  • Time the frizzen to the flint
  • Final spark testing
  • Determine the lock’s appetite for flint
  • Placement and lock jump if not in balance

Some recommendations for lodging

Best Western – Sycamore Inn
6 E. Sycamore St
Oxford, OH 45056

Comfort Inn

5056 College Corner Pike

Oxford, OH 45056


Hampton Inn

375 S. College Ave

Oxford, OH 45056


The Elms Hotel

75 South Main St

Oxford, Oh 45056


Lock Building Article
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