Step 3: Drill the faace bore

Drilling the face bore for a lockset
Photo: David Carmack
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Place the hole saw's pilot bit on the face-bore mark and drill a pilot hole. Stop when the saw's teeth touch the door's surface.

Check that all saw teeth touch the surface uniformly, then drill the bore. Remove the hole saw periodically to clear sawdust from the cut. Stop when the tip of the pilot bit breaks through.

On the opposite side of the door, align the hole saw with the pilot hole made previously, and finish drilling the face bore.

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    Tools List

    • drill
      Electric drill or cordless drill-driver
    • spade bit
      7/8-inch spade bit
    • keyhole saw
      2 1/8-inch hole saw
    • 3/16 masonry bit
      3/32-inch drill bit
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Phillips-head screwdriver
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • chisel
      1-inch chisel
    • utility knife
      Utility knife
    • hammer
      Hammer
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • Awl

    Shopping List

    1. RADIUS-CORNERED LATCH PLATE

    for factory-mortised doors



    2. LATCH ASSEMBLY WITH SQUARE-CORNERED LATCH PLATE

    3. CARDBOARD TEMPLATE

    included with lockset



    4. RADIUS-CORNERED STRIKE PLATE

    for factory-mortised jambs



    5. SQUARE-CORNERED STRIKE PLATE

    6. DOORKNOBS

    7. WOOD SHIMS