|Project by DaveCarlson||posted 05-26-2008 07:35 PM||2519 views||7 times favorited||5 comments|
Well, I have to say that the desk was intriguing. So, I spent some time devising a mechanism to allow a combination of drawer pulls to open another compartment. In the illustration, I only show one piece, but the strength of the magnets could allow for multiple drawers.
Here is an explanation:
The eye hook on the back of the drawer is attached to a length of twine or other similar material. The twine goes behind a metal rod, and into a groove in the back of the case. Along this groove will ride a small block of wood containing a neodymium magnet at a specified point. The other end of this is attached to a tensioning device in order to retract the string when the drawer closes.
When the magnet rides over the point, it will pull another magnet attached to a rod up, and out of a hole in the “secret compartment”, allowing it to open. This is similar to tumblers, and it could be adapted to either vertical or horizontal drawers easily.
Let me know what you think, and any suggestions to this device. Thanks, guys.
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