Building a small box need some sugeations about keeping it closed

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Forum topic by David Hacke posted 03-02-2012 05:35 AM 1184 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-02-2012 05:35 AM

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I want to build some box’s for my precision levels I use at work I am going to make them with slide out lids and good Idea of how to keep them closed so they wont slide open when in my tool box?

Thanks Dave

-- Dave, Kelso, Washington

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#1 posted 03-02-2012 07:29 AM

You could use some rare earth magnets and washer. Not my idea, I just remember watching the following video where it was done.

Video here

-- Rod, London UK

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#2 posted 03-02-2012 10:27 AM

actually sorry, it was a different video, but by the same person.
it is for an iPad/kindle case. Might work for you too.
it is here

-- Rod, London UK

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#3 posted 03-03-2012 12:50 PM

What Ron said. If you do not have a angled router bit you could cut a groove in the box for the lid to slide in. There are many examples on LJ’s. If I knew how to direct to my projects page you could see the one I made.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 03-04-2012 01:59 AM


I have an old drafting set from Germany that uses the bullet catches (similar to link below) into detents in the top. The detents are the in the closed position but the bullet catches hold the top in nearly any other position. This is obviously no different than the magnets but this set was made before any rare earth magnets were available.



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