Morti sounds like something from Harry Potter or Tolkien, so I think I'll adopt it! I think you're right that this is probably the way to go. Still might try the dowel, though that's dependent on my ability to drill square! (of course I can make a guide for the drill to keep in square...)
I love this idea, but I don't think I can get a flush trim router in the space. From the edge of the mortise to the bit where the wood curves back is ~1".
All Im saying is Im very carefull..Im not having any strangers in my home durring the night....As far as UPS, I have had very good luck with them and It doesnt hurt that Im always looking forward to getting my stuff..