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Fork Door Lock

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Test Subject
Jun 5, 2015
Saw this video and thought it was neat. If you need to lock a door that doesn't already have a lock, or the lock is broken, this would make an easy alternative.

Materials Needed:
  • Metal fork
Self Explanatory, found just about anywhere.​
  • OPTIONAL: 2 Pins
This can be anything really, for example cotter pins, bobby pins, thin bolts with nuts, bent nails, wire, paper clips, shoe strings, etc.​

Tools Needed:
  • Hacksaw
Easily found in hardware stores and many homes.​
  • Hammer
Also easily found in hardware stores and many homes.​
  • OPTIONAL: Something to make a hole in the fork handle
Many things could be used, like a center punch, hand crank drill, electric drill, etc., all of which are easily found in hardware stores and many homes as well.
Steps to make:
  1. Bend the first 1/4" - 3/8" of the prongs of the fork 90 degrees using a hammer and a hard flat surface with a 90* edge. A vise could be used to make this easier, however a concrete edge, brick, etc. could be used.

  2. Cut the handle of the fork off with the hacksaw.

    Optional Step:
  3. Make 2 holes in the handle large enough for your pin material to fit through.

That's pretty much it. Note this simple lock only works if the door swings "in" towards you. You place the bent prongs of the fork end inside the latch hole in the door frame and close the door. Then slide the fork handle between the prongs. Now when someone tries to open the door it will hit the handle and stop. I recommend using the optional steps and materials above so you can place pins into the handle and keep it from being jiggled free.

A lock like this could be made with things other than a fork of course like sheet metal or various other sorts of metal scrap. It's not the most secure lock by any means, but if you don't have any other lock to use you can make due with this. It can also be applied quickly to slow down potential threats that may be behind you or chasing you.

Inspired by this video:


Sexual Tyrannosaurus
Feb 24, 2015
What? No. We can't stop here. This is bat country.
As always, @Montauk thinking outside the box... cool idea.