The Red Door - Kel Snake

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Project by KelSnake posted 07-13-2016 12:26 PM 949 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Its been awhile sine I have posted anything, ...this was a fun weekend project you guys might enjoy.

I had this old red door from a cabinet I bought at a yard sale many, many years ago and has been moved around too many times to mention. I finally decided to take a weekend and build a cabinet around it. I loved the rustic glass in the door, seeded and filled with natural ripples from that vintage era.

I couldn’t stop there though could I? The door needed a secure way of keeping it closed and while I could have chose the standard magnet or catch system, I felt motivated to go another route.

The little puzzle box you see is actually the key for opening the door. The box was designed in a way that juxtaposes with the rustic nature of the barn board. The little box would quite easily sit on a nearby shelf in plain sight and not be connected visually to the cabinet itself.

Working on magnetic principles it needs only a magic wand type wave over the sweet spot to lock/unlock the mechanism. A smaller magnet set is used on the lock pin shaft and the housing for when the shaft is in the locked position, mostly so you just can’t tip the cabinet to have it slide to the unlocked position.

A simple build really, but for those that might like super cheap plans that detail the process keep an eye out on my site

...oh, don’t pay any attention to the sketch, ...that was for something else, haha!

-- Kel Snake, ~ Mystery By Design ~ Find me on Etsy ~

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#1 posted 07-13-2016 02:47 PM

That’s a really cool looking cabinet.

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#2 posted 07-14-2016 12:44 PM

I just knew it wasn’t going to be a ‘simple’ little cabinet, coming from you! Good job Kel!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#3 posted 07-14-2016 01:43 PM

Hey thanks guys!

-- Kel Snake, ~ Mystery By Design ~ Find me on Etsy ~

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#4 posted 07-17-2016 12:33 AM

This is an awesome job. Do a puzzle box to open a cabinet, what a concept! I see why you held on to that door for so long, really nice.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#5 posted 07-28-2016 03:10 PM

Hey thanks Jeff, ...Ya, some things Ya just gotta hang onto until it speaks to you.

-- Kel Snake, ~ Mystery By Design ~ Find me on Etsy ~

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