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Project by firefighterontheside posted 08-16-2015 01:41 AM 4847 views 24 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this for a friend’s birthday based on pictures his wife showed me. It’s made of red oak with golden oak stain and water based polycrylic. I got the gas openers from Amazon. It was difficult to pick the right ones, but I got lucky on the first try. The latches are magnetic operated safety latches for cabinets. You place magnetic keys in just the right places, squeeze the shelf and the latches open so the tray will drop down. To close you move the magnets, lift the tray and squeeze it shut. It was fun to make. I learned some lessons from this one that will help when I make more very soon. Thanks for looking.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 08-16-2015 01:58 AM

Really cool. I need to steal this.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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firefighterontheside

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#2 posted 08-16-2015 01:59 AM

Go ahead Monte. I did.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#3 posted 08-16-2015 02:36 AM

That turned out great Bill, well done! Is your friend going to put some foam in there? This is definitely on the build list. Very cool.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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sskwoodcraft

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#4 posted 08-16-2015 02:42 AM

That is very cool, I love the opening system.

-- If nothing goes right go left.

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firefighterontheside

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#5 posted 08-16-2015 03:13 AM

Thanks Jeff. Yes they are working on some foam.
Thanks ssk. It’s really quite convenient that the gas struts push down on the latch making it so that it won’t open til you squeeze it a bit.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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casecx700

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#6 posted 08-16-2015 03:33 AM

You just combined my 2 favorite (and most expensive) hobbies. This definitely gives me some ideas for future projects.

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firefighterontheside

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#7 posted 08-16-2015 03:48 AM

Glad I could do that for you.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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jack1

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#8 posted 08-16-2015 04:00 AM

Neat build. Like it!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#9 posted 08-16-2015 04:03 AM

Gonna build something like this by my bedroom door one day. Great work.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#10 posted 08-16-2015 05:06 AM

Nice, now I want to do one.

I would put the magnets inside a pair of candlesticks or vases or some other ornamentation on the shelf so that for one, you don’t have to keep track of a pair of magnets somewhere in the house to open the thing and two, the extra bit of cool factor.

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Dynamike

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#11 posted 08-16-2015 06:22 AM

Great Job. I love the mechanical aspects. Nice Finish. I’d love to have a link to purchase the hardware. Definitely on my to do list.

-- "It's not scrap until it's sawdust", and maybe not even then...MAKwoods

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#12 posted 08-16-2015 07:47 AM

This turned out great. Bill! Always nice when the first ‘guess’ works out. This will be a very popular item, for sure. I like bagheera’s idea of camouflaging the magnets, too. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 08-16-2015 12:02 PM

Thanks all.
These are the latches I used.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004GCJMLG?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00

These gas struts.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GWFCZBO?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00

These hinges.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005TTY74C?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00

Bahgheera, my next ones will have magnets as suggest. I will put them in a piece of wood or such. I have magnets that will work. I’ve already tried them with this shelf…....when I accidentally closed the shelf with the magnets inside.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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eddie

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#14 posted 08-16-2015 12:25 PM

Bill that turned out great , very cleaver ,finish came out great too

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#15 posted 08-16-2015 12:29 PM

Thanks Eddie. Good to hear from ya.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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