Several weeks back, before the series on Magic Wands of Exotic Wood and
Extra ParaNormal Properties, charlie b and son chas were making a cabinet
in which to stash a semi-precious (to chas) collection of what we, in the
Internet Age would call 'content'. Other than the rather significant
depletion of Dad's fancy wood stash, the significant design discussion
placed before the wReck was one of hidden locking mechanisms. The idea was
to hide from casual view the means to access the contents of the cabinet.
A sliding magnetic latch, documented on charlie's web site was the eventual
I now have a similar challenge facing my household. In an effort to
support the continued education of a talented daughter-in-law, who is also
the mother of our first, and so-far only grandchild, my wife has
volunteered to care for this young fellow. He's 15 months, in the healthy
body of normal 2 year old size, and has all of the immense curiousity you'd
want in a growing child.
But we really think he should be excluded from the contents of the
entertainment center/china cabinet. Not so much that I can't replace the
various crystal & glass bits which have accumulated over several
generations - he's just not ready to be running with the Mikasa vase his
grandmother took from him this morning.
The cabinet is a commercial one. My wife wasn't ready to wait for me to
build this this, and I didn't have the time or skills when we bought it.
Rockler sells some magnetic child locks, which have three negatives: They
look seriously cheesy. They don't look sturdy enough to slow this young
fellow down. And some (much) of the 'content' behind the cabinet doors is
on magnetic media. Rare earth magnets, as in charlie's design, would be a
bad thing (tm ms)
Any ideas? Any references? They can't be cheesy looking. They need to be
sturdy. It would help if grandparents didn't need to find the bifocals
before attempting to open the cabinet. It would also be really good if I
didn't have to tear apart the cabinet to mortise something into the edge of
a veneered door.
I went through the paper version of the Lee Valley catalog before sitting
down to petition the wReck,and didn't find anything that seemed to solve
the problem. And Robin, scanning your website seems to have a negative
effect on my accounts payable. ;-)
We're certainly not the first to have this problem. I know I don't want to
solve it as Red Green would, with duct tape. Well, at least not in the