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07-30-2018 02:13 AM

I built a seat/storage unit for our RV a few years ago. The door catch gave out and I replaced it with a roller catch that I was able to find at a hardware store while we were traveling. I’m not happy with the strength of the catch. Hoping a LJ might have a suggestion that will better hold up to the jarring that the cabinet must withstand with bumpy roads and regular use. This is the cabinet


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#1 posted 07-30-2018 02:30 AM

Magnets.

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#2 posted 07-30-2018 02:37 AM

Was just doing some more searching and saw some magnet catches. Might be an option, although expect it would need to be pretty strong given the environmental conditions during travel. Thank you for the suggestion.


Magnets.

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#3 posted 07-30-2018 02:38 AM

You’re welcome

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#4 posted 07-30-2018 03:06 AM

While I’m sure there are others out there, I have found these guys to always have the right magnets for my projects: https://www.kjmagnetics.com/

You won’t have to worry about a rare earth magnet being strong enough. Too strong is actually as much an issue.

Here’s one I have that’s currently stuck to my garage fridge (At 67lb+ of pull force, it was a bit too much for my bottle opener project). https://www.kjmagnetics.com/proddetail.asp?prod=BY088-N52

-- Tar Heelz, Durham, NC USA

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#5 posted 07-30-2018 03:30 AM

Thank you for the link and additional info. I’m looking into other catch options (non magnet) as well.


While I m sure there are others out there, I have found these guys to always have the right magnets for my projects: https://www.kjmagnetics.com/

You won t have to worry about a rare earth magnet being strong enough. Too strong is actually as much an issue.

Here s one I have that s currently stuck to my garage fridge (At 67lb+ of pull force, it was a bit too much for my bottle opener project). https://www.kjmagnetics.com/proddetail.asp?prod=BY088-N52

- TarHeelz


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#6 posted 07-30-2018 12:01 PM

Use two rare earth magnets- one with the N pole out and one with the S pole out. They are usually marked with a red dot on the N pole but you can test them easily by seeing which 2 sides attract. bore a hole with a forstner bit and put them in with epoxy! I like the magnets with a countersunk hole in the center because you can install them with screws or epoxy and the epoxy can fill in the center for better holding.

KJM magnetics is a good source as is CMS : https://www.magnet4sale.com/super-strong-neodymium-magnets-cms/
They are useful in lots of wood projects.
Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 07-30-2018 12:57 PM

Thank you for the added info. Given the way I designed it, I don’t think I have enough overlap for the door and case to install a magnet on the face.


Use two rare earth magnets- one with the N pole out and one with the S pole out. They are usually marked with a red dot on the N pole but you can test them easily by seeing which 2 sides attract. bore a hole with a forstner bit and put them in with epoxy! I like the magnets with a countersunk hole in the center because you can install them with screws or epoxy and the epoxy can fill in the center for better holding.

KJM magnetics is a good source as is CMS : https://www.magnet4sale.com/super-strong-neodymium-magnets-cms/
They are useful in lots of wood projects.
Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh


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#8 posted 07-31-2018 05:56 PM


Thank you for the added info. Given the way I designed it, I don t think I have enough overlap for the door and case to install a magnet on the face.
- BB1

Put one magnet in the front edge of shelf just inside the edge of the door overhang (and the other in the door, of course).

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#9 posted 07-31-2018 06:18 PM

How about the push latches where you have to push in to release the catch? I think that they make some specifically for RV’s that theoretically should be strong enough to handle your application.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#10 posted 07-31-2018 09:01 PM

I saw an RV some years ago that had an interesting feature to keep the drawers closed. It was both simple and effective, but it may not be possible in your situation. There was simply a small raised ledge at the front of the drawer opening on line with the face frame. the drawer runners then had a notch just behind the drawer front that would drop over the ledge when the drawer was closed. In order to open the drawer, one needed to lift the drawer front slightly to release it from the notch and then pull it open. A small inconvenience but it worked.

Oops! Sorry. You were asking about a door, not a drawer. Oh well. Since you are working on an RV, maybe you will find the above interesting.

I’m surprised that the roller catch didn’t hold. Could you use two of them together? Or, maybe one of these would work for you.

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#11 posted 07-31-2018 09:19 PM

Thanks to everyone for the additional replies. My husband found an extra cabinet push close latch (which was what I had used originally) so I went the easy route and installed it using the original location to avoid drilling more pilot holes. These are great when they work, but can break (plastic) so ordered a few extras for the future if this or others in the RV break. Again thank you to everyone for the suggestions. I have a future upgrade on the unit between the front seats that is on my “design and build list” so will refer back to the replies.

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#12 posted 08-02-2018 12:26 AM

Bilyo: That drawer design has been used practically forever on boats, especially sailboats that frequently sail at extreme angles of heel. Should work well on an RV.

A few years ago, we did some RVing in Utah. After a couple of miles on one extremely rough road, the paper towels in the galley had completely unrolled and deposited themselves on the floor. As I recall, we fixed that with a light duty bungee.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#13 posted 08-02-2018 02:06 PM

You have to love the designs and texture of these woods. it is appealing and lovely to the eyes. I have tried to use some other form of wood but it did not come as close to any of these pictures. great pieces by the way. I would love to have any of these furniture for my office and household items like wood flooring.

-- Aclon, Juan, Austin, TX, http://www.epoxyflooringaustin.com

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