You know it when you see old iron and this iron is old. But in place of making all these claims like I know something, better to tell what I did. Working at the edges and with bulky iron precautions are in order so I pre-drill where prudent. The tang of the hook is rectangular so when I do drill one hole above the other I will prop the first hole to keep the bit from tracking into the existing hole.
The hook that goes there made to this special length, a point freshly forged anew, anticipating.
The latch component follows this haak, or hook, lets settle on catch, latch & catch. Not knowing the English, it all comes better across my ear in the Dutch, klinkstel.
The actual activation component is the bail and lifter. In use these are fused and when un-fused generally they cannot be reused. Some careful forging allowed me to extrude just that bit of extra length to the end of the shaft. Only then I realized my lifter is for left-sided mounting and I’m doing it to the right.
Maybe I have a right hand lifter somewhere stashed there in that box of parts collected. The success of the mounting hangs in the balance. Yes, I have it, the proper lifter, so I clean this one some and can proceed.
The door gets lifted off the thumbs where it swings for me to connect the shaft and bail to the lifter. With the back side of the shaft resting on the anvil I can peen the key on the front end over to fuse it to the lifter.
Properly mounted, as I see it anyway, the doors and latching mechanisms, in this instance, but it might be windows in another, should all be stiff and tight on completion and this is seldom if ever the case in work of the professional who feels the need to leave everything working smoothly. The way I do it, sufficient slack will soon enough work itself into the operation of the new construction as elements all settle, initial wear occurs, wood gets acclimatised. A smooth operation to begin with all to often gets sloppy when broken in.