Nightstand w/ $3 secret drawer lock

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Project by ilovelamp83 posted 01-27-2015 02:57 PM 17256 views 60 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently built 2 floating nightstands that each have a secret magnetic locking mechanism for the top drawer. This lock is really what I want to share. It only costs $3 to build and is very simple to add to any existing piece of furniture with drawers. It only requires a hinge pin, a poker chip, and a 1/2 inch neodymium magnet that I found on Amazon.
The only metal part of this lock should be the hinge pin. I tried using a metal washer as the pin guide and the magnet caused the metal pieces to stick together. Hence, the plastic poker chip.
I have full instructions on how to build it at:

And an instructional YouTube video at:

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#1 posted 01-27-2015 03:25 PM

love the simplicity of the lock!! great!

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#2 posted 01-27-2015 03:57 PM

Great idea.

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#3 posted 01-27-2015 03:59 PM

Yeah, a lot of the secret drawer locks you’ll find online seem more complicated than they need to be.

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#4 posted 01-27-2015 04:25 PM

That’s a clever idea. Nice work :)

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#5 posted 01-27-2015 08:05 PM


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#6 posted 01-27-2015 08:56 PM

That is really cool. Great job and welcome to LJs

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#7 posted 01-27-2015 11:36 PM

love it!great work!

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#8 posted 01-28-2015 03:14 AM

Thanks guys! If you like the drawer lock you might like my hidden crawl space access door. I Don’t know that it’s an appropriate project to post here, but I will have a YouTube video and instructables guide
soon. Who doesn’t like a hidden door?

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#9 posted 01-28-2015 03:21 AM

That’s awesome! I’ve got a small safe with my handgu inn it beside my bedside table. This is much more user friendly.

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#10 posted 01-28-2015 12:15 PM

Just added this to my must build wood project bucket list. Thanks for posting!

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#11 posted 01-28-2015 01:20 PM

Wow, awesome. Thank for share!

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#12 posted 01-28-2015 02:06 PM

i like it! thanks for sharing.

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#13 posted 01-28-2015 02:25 PM

Thanks for sharing the Secret Drawer Lock mechanism. I would be interested in learning more about that hidden crawl space as well

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#14 posted 01-28-2015 02:47 PM

Thanks for posting that.
That could come in handy.

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#15 posted 01-31-2015 02:38 PM

Here is a link to the hidden crawl space door instructables I mentioned in a previous comment:

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