Child proofing a drawer

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 06-08-2008 01:57 AM 1716 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I forgot to mention that after I made my Inlayed TV Remote Table to keep the remotes away from my 1 year old, she learned to open the drawer and take them out.

Well, we can’t have that, so I child proofed the drawer. I wanted to do it in a way that wasn’t permanent, and that was easy to remove once she grew out of it.

This is what I can up with. Only 2 screws to attach it, so after I remove it, it’s like it was never there.
Now my drawer is a special case since it opens from both directions.

It’s gravity operated with the screws in slots on the dark piece going from front to back.
The light pieces stick up, catching on the bottom inside of the drawer preventing it from opening.

I also had to made a “ramp” on one side of the light pieces to allow the drawer to move it out of the way when I closed the drawer.


Here you can see it with the light piece up to block the drawer from opening. Also you can see on of the screws to mount it and the “ramp” on the far piece.

Here you can see it pushed up to allow the drawer to open. It’s easy to do one handed.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 06-08-2008 02:01 AM

Ah, the little ones bring out the ingenuity don’t they.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 06-08-2008 02:19 AM

Great tip Gary.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 06-08-2008 02:53 AM

nice job Gary! i might have to try this sometime as my mom runs a home day care, those kids just get everywhere! lol

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#4 posted 06-08-2008 03:21 AM

Gary; Just think how smart you think she is when she shows you how to open the drawer. Remember she’s a chip off the ole block.

-- DeputyDawg

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#5 posted 06-08-2008 03:45 AM

That is an innovative method to keep your daughter out of the drawer but I have to agree with DeputyDawg. I am sure that she will figure it out shortly. It is surprising how adept they are at coming up with “solutions” to these type of “puzzles”. Just make sure you only open it when she is out of the room.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 06-08-2008 04:07 AM

The tricks we play on the poor little kids. Looks very effective Gary. My elldest grandaughter could use a remote control before she could walk so there sure is a need to secure things. My wife has a kitchen cupboard full of tupperware for the kids to do whatever they like with (that stuff that everybody hates & no one admits they use it).

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 06-08-2008 06:41 AM

Would this work on the cash drawer to keep my wife out of it?

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#8 posted 06-08-2008 07:39 AM

kids ingenuity for doing things they shouldn’t be doing always amazes me. it seems that in order to teach them the multiplication table, all you have to do is devise a lock that works on solving multiplication problems :-)

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#9 posted 06-08-2008 11:38 AM

simple and ingenious

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#10 posted 06-08-2008 01:24 PM

A very good attempt to prevent the child from opening the drawer. But pl don’n underestimate their ability to overcome this hurdle put on them. Hope she will not use extra force to open it out of frustration and damage the drawer or take help of somebody to know the trick. Well done.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#11 posted 06-08-2008 01:30 PM

I love it. Great job great post Gary.

-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#12 posted 06-08-2008 01:48 PM

Gary, she will see yoi reach there just once and the game is over. <g>
You are really going to enjoy you kids as they are a life lesson unfolding
Neat trick on the drawer. I might try this one with the wife.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#13 posted 06-08-2008 10:30 PM

It won’t be long, Gary… You’ll be posting another “child proof” method and it’ll be a barrel lock and key… heheh… Those kids are pretty sharp. Great job!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#14 posted 06-09-2008 02:22 AM

All the child-locks I’ve used haven’t lasted very long for drawers. They are all one good yank from breaking. Nice post. I did have to show my Mom how to open a bathroom door a few weeks ago. Couldn’t figure out the squeeze then turn lock. Found it funny.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#15 posted 09-14-2008 12:24 AM

man, i child proofed my whole house and they still got in

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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