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Forum topic by skydiver posted 01-26-2013 09:44 PM 631 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-26-2013 09:44 PM

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I am doing a refinish on an old bar cabinet that has been called a Baptist “Buffet” by some around here in Texas. It is a very neat 60’s era cabinet that have a top front panel that pulls down and when you open the front the top swings ope as well (See pics here https://plus.google.com/photos/109645038641482544273/albums/5837444019570383345 )
This cabinet has a little cut out in the top panel that has an inline pressure switch that turns on a light when the cabinet is opened. You can see it in the picture where the cabinet is open in the edge of the top panel.

I need to replace this switch because it no longer reliably works. Does anyone have a source for switches of this type in varying sizes and/or mounting styles?


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#1 posted 01-27-2013 01:13 AM

Try Radio Shack or any fair sized electronic parts place for small switches like that.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 01-27-2013 01:15 AM

Grainger or Johnstone will probably have a good selection too.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 01-28-2013 03:20 PM

Survivor, don’t know where you live but even here in the seat of the silicon hills of Austin, we do not have component vendors at all anymore. Radio Shack only sells phones and have a handful of components. I had to recently source some capacitors to fix a PC monitor and it was like a Monty Python quest. I ended up having to bum some from an employee at a local tech-shop from his personal stash.

Spent the whole weekend looking online for a replacement in Grainger’s catalog and while I can’t say they don’t have what i need, I still haven’t found it. Has anyone specifically found a good supplier for furniture/cabinet project like this in the past?

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#4 posted 01-28-2013 08:02 PM

I doubt if you will find that exact switch, but any “limit switch” with NC (normally closed) contracts of an appropriate voltage and amp rating should work.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 01-28-2013 08:32 PM

Try Digikey or Mouser Electronics – look for “Limit Switch” or “Microswitch”

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#6 posted 01-28-2013 09:31 PM

What about these guys?
http://www.parts-express.com/cat/switches/77

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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