I have used some of the plastic latches from Rockler, pretty chintzy. No
way will they carry the load. Magnet in knob is also very weak. Rare
earth magnets work OK. Lock is not visible from outside. Still, pretty
good for keeping things away from kiddies.
"T" this particular catch really does not hold any weight per se,
I have not ever used it but recently I changed some kitchen counter top for
a lady that took care of people as assisted care, this is a private home but
regulated by the state.
the cabinet below the sink where there was cleaning fluid etc had to be
locked so no one could accidently drink some of the stuff.
WHile working there we kept screwing up and let that door shut and then when
i went to open it cussed like hell because i had to use that damn key.
Pretty nifty private latch it is a simple catch that take the key to release
it, I never saw one before and did not take a close look at the workings of
This lady is a big fan of HD i would not be suprised if that is where she
But as i said i do not believe weight affects it at all.
However if your lid was very heavy you can make that very light by laying up
a honeycomb panel
Howsabout this --
At the rear of the lid, "invisible" (e.g., SOSS) hinges.
At the front of the lid, a couple of 'blade' type plates, with "bolt holes"
in them. these mate with a horiz bolt mechanism on the inside of the front
of the box.
The horiz bolt mechanism is controlled by a *recessed* key lock. the
recessed area is fairly large, with a *tight*fitting* 'cover piece'.
The 'cover piece' is a piece of steel, _veneered_ to match the front of
the chest. If you use veneer for the entire front of the chest, the
cover piece can be darn near invisible.
Put a couple of 'relatively' *weak* magnets in the recess, to hold the
cover in place.
Build a "handle" with a -stronger- magnet, used to remove the cover and
expose the lock.
Or, one could eliminate the magnets entirely, using the 'push open,
push closed' mechanisms often found on buffets. Harder to make it as
'invisible' to casual inspection, this way, though.
Another alternative, recess the keyhole behind a "Japanese puzzle box"-style
sliding panel. *PRECISION* construction, and serious care with regard to
expansion/contraction of the wood involved, is required for this solution.
email@example.com (T.) wrote in message:
We use these locks to keep our young kids out of the cabinets around
the house. Ours are the Tot-Lok brand sold at the Borg etc, but
appear to be identical to the ones you linked at Rockler and Lee
These locks are really stronger than you might think. I can't pry one
open by hand ... I'd be afraid of breaking the floating panel door
before the lock would give. I'd say my locks easily hold 50-100lbs.
The magnets are reasonably strong, but the magnet has to be within
about 1/2 to 1/4 of an inch of the lock before it will click open. So
they are a little tricky to open, at least until you get used to them.
Also, over time the spot where the magnet is slid over the lock will
develop an ugly wear spot on the outside finish. You might want to do
something like put felt over the magnet bottoms to keep from wearing
through the finish.
Hope that helps.
Ft Collins, CO
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