I read about someone making an invisible lock/latch using a nail and a
magnet - have the nail sunk through a piece of small stock inside the
compartment which can pivot and the nail end can fall into a hole.
When you move a magnet up past the nail on the outside of the
compartment, the nail lifts out of the hole and releases the latch.
Did that make sense? Sorry - it sounds confusing, and it may be more
complex than you need, but it's really not a difficult concept and I
think it would be fun to try. (This idea came from a book by Kary
Mullis, inventer of the Polymerase Chain Reaction, if there are any
other woodworking molecular biologists out there...)
Have I got a deal for you!
ps - the LV cylindrical rare earth magnets just
barely work through 3/4" ply. Must be all that
glue in Batlic Birch
You can use some rare-earth magnets and some steel to make a latch.
The steel gets inlayed into one side and the magnets into the other.
They are surprisingly strong. I use this set up for a lot of box
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