Escape Dining Table Lock Modification
So having observed serious gouging of the underside of our table without even going on really rough roads, I decided to follow Linda’s approach to locking the dining room table (the brass bunk latch) and bought one locally. However, the latch came with a lock plate as described in Linda’s link to Amazaon.com:
The instructions that Linda linked to (Hippo's?) described a different piece of hardware to slide the latch bolt into:
I followed these instructions, but...
...I decided that rather than go looking at the hardware store for hardware that mounted at a 90 degree angle to the bolt patch, I would use the lock plate that it came with. It would have been easier to install the other piece as described in those instructions, but I stubbornly adapted it for what came in the package.
I used a table saw to make the grooved block and also cut the other block to an exact thickness, necessary to position the bolt to line up with the lock plate hole.
Unfortunately I used Gorilla brand glue, which foams out and makes a mess, but who looks under the table?
Last week I spoke with Reace about some fixes and modifications for our Escape 21 and mentioned the problem with the standard knob/bolt mechanism used to secure the table. Even when I secured our table’s bolt against a piece of rubber, the bolt worked its way loose and added to the gouge in the underside of the table as it slid back and forth. I think the bungee cord might have been another option, but I wanted something better.
I found the posted instruction very helpful and easy to follow as I did my modification.