Picked up an old solid wood desk, which didn’t come with a key. It has an interesting mechanism inside where if the center drawer is pushed all the way in and locked, the other drawers are also locked. This mechanism works, but isn’t very useful without the key to the center drawer.
I managed to pry it out with damaging the surrounding wood too much. Is this a lock I could replace, or is there a similar lock that I could install with some minimal modification to the wood?
The lock in place
The lock removed and disassembled.
I did break the lock open, because I was curious about how it worked. I don’t know much about locks and haven’t ever looked inside one. Of course, afterward I realized this was probably a stupid move as I could’ve just taken the whole thing to a locksmith. So, go ahead and chastise me for that, but I already know I made a mistake.