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Forum topic by Ben posted 05-23-2019 09:43 PM 266 views 1 time favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-23-2019 09:43 PM

I’m building an adaptation of Pekovich’s Essential Tool Chest.
Mine is quite a bit smaller, but I may still have two drawers.
Since I might not have room for a partition between the drawers, I’m wondering how best to secure them in transit.

I don’t need the security of a mortised lock anyway – prefer not to fumble with keys or worry about losing them.

So maybe a ball catch? Magnets? Little wood rotating clasp on the sides?

Thanks for any ideas – the lower profile the better.


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#1 posted 05-23-2019 10:27 PM

You may have tried this already but if you do a “drawer latch” search on Lumberjocks 1500 results come up.

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#2 posted 05-23-2019 10:51 PM

I have had good luck with the brass ball catches.

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#3 posted 05-24-2019 05:28 AM

This thread needs picchurs, or video, for a reference point.

Peckovich Essential Tool Chest

I had seen this some time ago it seems, really nice box.

FWIW I would do just as he has, and place mortised locksets into it. Much wider than it is deep

If you haven’t done these they are a great finish tool. A little skilllz learning, but once you have them, you’ll be putting them in everything. Such a nice look. That box will be lost without it. Put the key where you won’t lose it. If you lose it, you only get to find out how easy it used to be to be a locksmith. Buy a few blanks and file them to match, you’ll have replacements at the ready.

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#4 posted 05-24-2019 02:30 PM

Drawers on boats all have a little step in the drawer runner or a little wedge on the bottom that lifts the drawer front slightly as it closes and then drops it behind the step or wedge. To open them you need to lift the drawer front a little.
Very easy to do, very secure, no hardware required.

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#5 posted 05-24-2019 02:50 PM

+ 1 Paul M. Nice, excellent solution. Not so easy for a land lover to see.

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#6 posted 05-24-2019 03:40 PM

There are push-to-open drawer slides that lock shut. No handle needed, just give it a nudge and it opens up.

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#7 posted 05-24-2019 03:58 PM


+ 1 Paul M. Nice, excellent solution. Not so easy for a land lover to see.

- Carlos510


The simplest way is to just glue a small wedge to the bottom of the drawer so that as the drawer closes it raises the front. Just before the drawer seats against the face frame the thick end of the wedge drops in behind the lower face frame.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#8 posted 05-24-2019 04:02 PM


The simplest way is to just glue a small wedge to the bottom of the drawer so that as the drawer closes it raises the front. Just before the drawer seats against the face frame the thick end of the wedge drops in behind the lower face frame.

- shipwright

Unless the boat capsizes…lol. I guess you have other problems besides spilled drawer contents if that happens though.

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#9 posted 05-24-2019 04:05 PM

Thanks Paul, thats a keeper.

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#10 posted 05-24-2019 04:13 PM



+ 1 Paul M. Nice, excellent solution. Not so easy for a land lover to see.

- Carlos510

Actually they are on most Rvs and travel trailers as well. Though some of the places I go camping, when I open the door some of the drawers have popped open from the rough trails to get to camp.

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#11 posted 06-02-2019 01:12 PM

Thanks for the awesome ideas here! I wound up installing half mortised locksets.
Pictures to follow soon. Chest almost finished.

I’m wondering about lifting handles. Do you guys think a mortised pocket door pull would work as a lifting handle? I don’t like the idea of just a few short screws holding the entire weight of the box. I like the idea of mortising in a handle. The flush mount lifting handles are nice, but that handle also puts a lot of torque on the screws, I’d reckon. Flush pull that you just grab on to in line with the box side seems best to me. My sides are 5/8” thick and a lot of those pulls mortise to 1/2” depth.

Thanks.

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