|Project by dustbunny||posted 02-27-2010 10:43 PM||10425 views||75 times favorited||42 comments|
After drooling all over Andy’s art boxes, and building one myself, I decided the next box I would like to have a secret drawer. Thought about it for a long time, drew some pictures, and this is what I came up with. Now mind you, the structure of this pine prototype is far from perfect, I was really more interested in the spring mechanism and function of the drawer. The only thing I found, which became so obvious when I was almost completed, is the magnetic latch needs to be centered on the drawer. Even still it works great. The fourth picture is actually how far the drawer springs out. This will be slightly different with hard wood due to the weight, but that can be compensated for.
Function- pic six- push the button, this pivots the arm, pulling apart the rare earth magnets, allowing the side compression springs to launch the drawer. There is a stop block to keep the arm from swinging too far, allowing the button to fall inside. The arm has a tension spring to keep the button in the out position flush to the outside of the box.
Comments and critiques are ALL welcome : )
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