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Forum topic by Auggie18 posted 09-07-2017 02:32 PM 1243 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-07-2017 02:32 PM


I am new to woodworking but recently made a tilt-out garbage can from Ana-white’s website. I did this to conceal my trash can which my son was getting into. Now my son doesn’t get into the trash, but I am worried that he may get his fingers pinched by the closing door (it is made of MDF) which gets heavier as the trash can fills up. Does anyone know of a closer or other hardware that I can attach to self-close, or even stop so my boy’s fingers will stay intact? Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 09-07-2017 03:38 PM

If you want to lock it shut, then any of the childproofing devices made for cabinets should work. If you simply want a soft close so it doesn’t slam on his fingers, then gas springs would do the trick, assuming you have room to mount them.

-- My grandfather always said that when one door closes, another one opens. He was a wonderful man, but a lousy cabinet maker

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#2 posted 09-07-2017 05:27 PM

It sounds like you are looking for a soft-close lid stay.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#3 posted 09-07-2017 06:50 PM

This sort of thing may work. Range of the
spring is only about 3/4”.

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#4 posted 09-07-2017 07:01 PM

Spank his hand when he reaches for it. It doesn’t have to be hard enough to hurt, the rebuke will be bigger than the physical discomfort.

-- Rick M,

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