By Joshua Farnsworth
In this video and article I’ll teach you how to install a padlock hasp and staple using woodworking hand tools. I use a vintage-style hasp & staple like this so I can put a padlock on a wooden chest or box.
This is part 3/3 of a series on hardware for a chest or box. In the first video and article I showed how to use toilet bowl cleaner to turn inexpensive, zinc-coated hinges, hasps & staples, and screws from a hardware store, into lovely historical hardware that looks like antique hardware. You can click here to watch & read part 1.
In the next video I showed my simple and quick method for install butt hinges on the dovetail chests that I built. You can click here to watch & read part 2.
Now I want to show you how I install a padlock hasp and staple, so you can lock your chest or box.
A hasp & staple are hardware that allows you to add a padlock to a chest like these:
The staple is the metal part with a hole that holds the padlock and the hasp is the hinged metal part that swings down over the staple. That’s why it’s called a padlock hasp and staple.
My kids were begging me for years to make them wooden chests so they could keep their siblings from taking their special keepsakes and their money.
So this past Christmas I finally made the time to build these chests.
And of course, I wanted to honor their request for a security feature.
Actually, I was just tired of hearing them whine about getting their stuff stolen. So let’s jump into my tutorial for adding a padlock hasp and staple to a dovetail chest.