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Old 03-02-2011, 05:23 AM   #1
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Key Issue

Anyone have any idea where I might get a copy of my boat key made? It's a weird one... Or maybe it's like all the rest. I do not know. (pic below)

My idea was to find a company that has a water-jet machine to cut them out of thin steel.

You guys got any better ideas?
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Old 03-02-2011, 05:42 AM   #2
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RE: Key Issue

Have you tried a real locksmith shop? A good one can make darned near anything.
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Old 03-02-2011, 05:55 AM   #3
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RE: Key Issue

Have a few emails out to see. The first one was a no-go.
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Old 03-02-2011, 07:03 AM   #4
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RE: Key Issue

Gonzo,

Take the key to Marshalls in north Raleigh.,

http://www.marshallslocks.com/
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Old 03-02-2011, 07:12 AM   #5
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Have you tried a real locksmith shop? A good one can make darned near anything.

Yes.* Lowes and Home Depot can copy standard keys, but a real locksmith is something entirely different.* My boat uses a non-standard blank that's fairly common in commercial use but not residential.* Home centers could not do it but a locksmith did.

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Old 03-02-2011, 08:49 AM   #6
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Key Issue

Looks like an old fashoned skeleton key.

Try antique stores.

Go to ebay.*

*They have thousands of them.


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Old 03-02-2011, 09:17 AM   #7
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Looks like an old fashoned skeleton key.

Try antique stores.

Go to ebay.*

*They have thousands of them.

I saw several that look the same as yours.

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Old 03-02-2011, 11:33 AM   #8
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RE: Key Issue

I have a similar key for my Taiwan sliding door lock but mine is not flat it is round all the way. I went to a 'Safe and Lock' company here and they took 3 days (I think they made a mold but I am not sure) and charged me $40 bucks for one and $10 for each additional, so for $60 I got three keys. Not cheap, but cheaper that a new lock which did not fit the same opening. Here's a link if you want to do it yourself: http://www.ehow.com/how_6824187_make-key-mold.html

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RE: Key Issue

JD wins! Marshall's had the blanks for about $4 each. The slight notches that make them different than the blank, I can cut on my bench grinder. However, I've had those locks apart and I see no way those notches can make a difference in the operation. Going to take them down and try them as blanks first. Then I'll worry about the cutting some other time.

Thanks guys!

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JD wins! Marshall's had the blanks for about $4 each. The slight notches that make them different than the blank, I can cut on my bench grinder. However, I've had those locks apart and I see no way those notches can make a difference in the operation. Going to take them down and try them as blanks first. Then I'll worry about the cutting some other time.

Thanks guys!

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Why didn't you just have them cut the keys?

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