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Dan Lyke

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#1 posted 12-13-2012 12:15 AM

Grins. It’s okay, I think of Novato as being that little piece of the Central Valley in between Petaluma and Marin. We all have our coloured glasses… (Kidding, Marvin’s is the best scrambled eggs or omelette in Marin or Sonoma, Mount Burdell is some fantastic hiking, those wetlands out just south of the airport are a great place to run).

On the hidden magnet system, think about making the back of that hook on “A” vertical rather than sloped, so that the drawer is stopped even if A is free to rise. Then use a magnet at the top of A. Put another magnet in the bottom of some tchotchke (Bust of Mozart, snow globe, framed autographed picture of John Belushi) on the top of the piece that has to be in the right place to lift A.

If you make that tchotchke something that also has to be in the right position to put the magnet low enough to be effective (some sculpture that has arms that move or something), then you have two elements that need to be in place to operate the drawers…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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