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Forum topic by nutmegger13 posted 05-14-2019 03:48 PM 285 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-14-2019 03:48 PM

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I am making a laptop desk and I put a drawer in it. I fixed a rare earth magnet into the drawer and another into the back of the box, such that the drawer pops out when it approximates it. My question is How do I make a latch so that the drawer is held in, but pops out when the latch is released? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated….


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#1 posted 05-14-2019 04:17 PM

Simplest might just be a dowel or pin that fits through the top that holds the drawer in place. I made a puzzle box where I used rare earth magnets to move hidden tumblers that enabled the lid to be opened. The key magnet is hidden in part of the lid’s handle. The magnets are setup on the tumblers so that they alternate pushing and pulling and you have to use a different pole on each end of the box to unlock it. Perhaps you could use magnets in a similar way that will move an internal latch that works with a pin or dowel for example or even a button that has the magnet in it that not only pushes the drawer out but also moves a pivot to release the drawer?

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#2 posted 05-15-2019 01:28 PM

You could try something like this. It can be made with hardwood or metal and requires a minimum of tools, In metal, a hacksaw, a couple of files and threading tap and drill.

Edit: You want it to be secret so adding additional decorative buttons, should confuse things.

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#3 posted 05-15-2019 01:43 PM

There are push-to-open drawer slides. Grizzly makes some that are inexpensive. They wont open unless you push on the drawer front and then they are spring loaded and pop out.

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#4 posted 05-16-2019 03:25 AM

There are commercially available hidden magnetic latches that might work. I used these when kids were small but smart enough to foil other child proofing. Just apply a magnet to the outside and the latch opens.

You could probably craft one of these fairly easily, you already have magnets…

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