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post #1 of 6 Old 09-06-2018, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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Iron ring for door handle?

I am making an old world/storybook type front door for my house. I took an adze to some aged rough-sawn oak. I have an idea that I'd like to be able to grasp an iron ring on the exterior and turn it to unlatch the door.
I have seen a ring handle for a gate latch, but the latch is on the same side as the ring. I would need the latch/bolt on the inside (I would prefer a rim lock on the inside, but I could do a mortise if necessary).
I can't say I've searched the Internet exhaustively, but it seems like most wrought iron rings to be found are just knocker or pull types (except for the gate latch/same side).
Has anyone ever seen this done? If there's no ready-made product, could a machinist bore the back of the ring base to receive the square spindle that turns a regular bolt, for a sane price?
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The price would depend on the machinist, I would probably just bore a round hole in the back of the ring and turn the end of the spindle round to fit, then weld it in. If you had a hinged connection it could function as a knocker as well.

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I have an iron ring latch on my side entrance gate. Should be available from hardware stores.

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Are you going to have a separate deadbolt to lock the door?

If anything, just do something like this on the inside and then the outside can really be whatever you want it to be.
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Yes, I plan on a separate deadbolt… thanks for advice everyone!
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I've seen that and used one. Wrought iron ring, maybe 6" diameter, in the middle of the door.
Twist it to hear the bolt being drawn back.

I expect that a very good blacksmith knows how to make these as they did in the past.
Check with companies that build log homes in the $10,000,000+ range.
Pioneer looks great in the 6,000 sqft and up sizes.

Home Depot/Canada sells a huge range of hardware door & hingh stuff which is not in their catalogs.
3-ring binder hanging on the wall near where the regular hinges, etc are.
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