Asked by: Adam Mesquita
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How do you open an old cedar chest without a key?

Last Updated: 14th April, 2021

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You can open the chest without the key by removing the lock. Lane cedar chests have a safety problem on chests built before 1987. The locks on these chests automatically engage when the lid shuts, which can trap small children inside.

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Keeping this in view, how do I get a replacement key for a Lane cedar chest?

To order your replacement kit, contact Heritage Home Group at 800-327-6944, by email at by email at [email protected], or on-line. To complete the form, you will need to know: Style Number (from outside bottom or outside back of chest) Serial Number (from outside bottom or outside back of chest)

Likewise, what is an Old Lane cedar chest worth? Online auction sites, antique shops and secondhand stores often sell Lane cedar chests -- based on their age, condition or rarity -- starting at $99 and as high as $700 or more for older chests. But most chests, on average, are valued between $200 and $400.

how do you open a trunk without a key?

With a little finesse, locked storage trunks can be opened without the key.

  1. Cut the lock with a pair of bolt cutters.
  2. Pick the lock.
  3. Shine a flashlight into the lock's keyhole to see how the tumblers or pins are positioned.

How do you break into a locked door?

To open a locked interior door with a screwdriver, first push the screwdriver as far as you can into the hole on the doorknob. Then, just turn and twist until the screwdriver catches on a groove and the lock clicks open. This method will also work with a flattened paperclip or a very small butter knife.

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How do you pick a lock with a paperclip?

To pick a lock using a paperclip, start by unfolding one paperclip so it's straight with a hook at the end and a second paperclip so it's bent at a 90-degree angle. Then, insert the bent end of the second paperclip into the lock and turn it in the direction the lock turns.

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How do you pick a box lock with a bobby pin?

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  1. Open up a bobby pin and bend it at a 90-degree angle.
  2. Remove the rubber tip on the straight end of the bobby pin.
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  4. Bend the wavy end of the bobby pin into a handle for more control.
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Do they still make Lane cedar chest?

The last Lane cedar chest to be manufactured in the United States rolled off the production line in the summer of 2001, and the plant closed for good.

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How can I tell how old my Lane cedar chest is?

Usually Lane cedar chests have serial numbers that are stamped or applied to the bottom of the chests. You can read the serial number BACKWARDS to determine the production date. For example: serial number 753150 would have been produced on 05/13/57.

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How much is a cedar hope chest?

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Is Lane furniture still in business?

In big news for the furniture industry, North Carolina–based Heritage Home Group, the parent company of Henredon, Hickory Chair, and Maitland-Smith, among a large stable of brands, has announced that it will sell off the Lane Furniture group from its portfolio.

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How does a bump key work?

Bumping the key inward forces it deeper into the key way. The specially designed teeth of the bump key transmit a slight impact force to all of the key pins in the lock. The key pins transmit this force to the driver pins; the key pins stay in place. Lock bumping takes only an instant to open the lock.

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What are skeleton keys made of?

This oversized skeleton key is the type used with Carpenter rim locks in the Colonial and Federal periods. Made of heavy cast brass, it's wonderfully ornamental, as well as potentially functional. This pretty, brass plated skeleton key was designed to work as a master key for antique mortise and rim locks.

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What is an old trunk worth?

The average canvas-covered, flat-topped trunk in 'as-found' condition (most of the canvas is there, handles are broken, tray inside, smells like mothballs, has someone's name on the ends, some rust here and there) is worth about $100 to $200 un-refinished.

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How do you clean the outside of an old cedar chest?

Clean the outside of your old cedar chest with mild soap and water. Wring out the cloth until almost dry and wipe the surface, corners and crevices. For small corners or decorative details, use a cotton swab. Wipe the exterior of your cedar chest a second time with mineral spirits if the surface is particularly dirty.

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How do you refurbish a cedar chest?

Apply a chemical paint stripper to the exterior of the chest, using a paintbrush. Work in small sections and allow the stripper to sit on the wood until the finish begins to bubble. Alternatively, if there is little to no finish on the wood, proceed to the sanding.