Secret drawer catch (or latch?)

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Project by MichaelT77 posted 12-06-2019 02:59 PM 771 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not secret anymore. This is a miniature highboy that I’m calling complete, except for a drawer lock that I recently ordered. So, I was just goofing around a bit, and thought I’d jazz it up a little with some hidden features.

What I’m showcasing here is a secret drawer catch idea I came up with. The bottom left and right drawers are “locked,” and cannot be opened without the middle drawer being removed, and the locking mechanisms released.

Basically, I’ve got a piece of walnut shaped so that when the center drawer is in place, it forces a little nub into a recess in the side of the adjacent drawer.

My first idea was a little spring lock on the left drawer. You’d have to pull out the center drawer, get your hand in there, get your finger over the edge, under the latch, and push up. A little hard to do with hands bigger than a child’s. A granddaughter could manage. I may remove it. No need for a double lock.

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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#1 posted 12-06-2019 03:03 PM

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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#2 posted 12-06-2019 03:12 PM

beautiful highboy and a cool idea.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#3 posted 12-06-2019 03:21 PM

Really great work, the highboy looks fantastic and who doesn’t love hidden or trick compartments

-- Ty

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#4 posted 12-06-2019 04:11 PM

Beautiful build. great workmanship, congratulations.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#5 posted 12-06-2019 06:36 PM

Very nice. That’s nice quality work… Refreshing

-- Jeff NJ

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#6 posted 12-06-2019 07:41 PM

Super cool! At first, it looked full size, then I realized it’s resting on your bench…

-- Pete

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#7 posted 12-06-2019 08:11 PM


-- Pax - Maryland

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#8 posted 12-06-2019 09:32 PM

Really nice! What is the scale or size?

-- Petey

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#9 posted 12-06-2019 10:28 PM

Nice piece. I agree it looks tight with your hand inserted into the drawer opening. Cool idea though.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#10 posted 12-06-2019 10:50 PM

Really nice! What is the scale or size?

- Peteybadboy

It’s about 29” high, 15” wide, and 10” deep.

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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#11 posted 12-07-2019 01:53 AM

Super craftsmanship with a clever addition.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#12 posted 12-07-2019 04:30 PM

That’s fantastic!

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