For your drawer lock to work properly, the lock bolt must slide smoothly into the mortise (or hole) you make for it. But, trying to measure and mark that location is driving you crazy.

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For your drawer lock to work properly, the lock bolt must slide smoothly into the mortise (or hole) you make for it. But, trying to measure and mark that location is driving you crazy.
Extend the lock bolt and put lipstick on the end of it. Retract the bolt, close the drawer, and then extend the bolt. The lipstick will mark the correct position for the bolt hole or mortise. You can mark door locks and cabinet latches this way, too.
—Cynthia Hewitt, Grants Pass, Ore.