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How to Cut a Mortise for a Deadbolt Lock

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Gently remove any excess wood.

Continue tapping gently with the chisel until the area is smooth. Be careful not to cut the mortise too deep in your efforts to make things perfectly smooth. The plates are supposed to lie flat against the wood, and not be recessed.

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