Howdy, Gang– I’ve been deliberating too long and need to make a decision once and for all. I had a custom front door made for our late-Victorian and am now trying to decide which style door knob/deadbolt combo to utilize. I’m concerned about the door’s strength and ability to stay flat over the years. Here are the specs: 36″ wide by 101″ tall by 1 3/4″ thick, 2/3-view with raised panels under the glass. It’s quarter-sawn white oak over poplar stave core. The core glue-ups are 1 1/8″ thick with 5/16″ white oak veneers. My concern is that boring for conventional locksets with a couple 2 1/8″ holes and the 1″ rim holes will compromise the door edge’s integrity too much, and over time, the compression weatherstrip will warp the door inward at the top and bottom corners. The top corner would be 58″ or so from the deadbolt. I fear that a full-mortise lockset would do the same. My thought is to use a rim lock and a surface deadbolt, but I can’t find a reasonable combination of solutions.
Any thoughts, insights? Am I worrying too much? The fellow at our local venerable locksmith shop feels that a full-mortise high-quality lockset is the way to go, given the long history of such set-ups. I’ve also looked at a number of multi-point locking systems, but they all are too contemporary in style. Plus, the locksmith hates them, says they’re too finicky and not reliable enough.
Please help. My wife would like a real front door, and I need to get this beast out of the powder room to start tiling.