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AZ4ME

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574 days ago

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Ok, I have Googled until my eyes are crossed and also did a search on this site, all with no luck so far. I’m hoping someone here can help. There is a guy in Vegas that makes shelves with a hidden compartment for guns, jewelry or whatever. On his shelves he uses a locking latch that releases with a magnet followed by a pinch and/or squeese to open the compartment. Both the magnet and the sqeese are required to open. I would like to make a similar hidden compartment under a coffee table and maybe also under my workbench. You can see his shelves (a great idea by the way) at www.artechdesigninc.com, there is also a video there showing how the latch works. I have looked at several of the child proof cabinet locks, which is a similar mechanism, but they are all plastic and I believe once the magnet is applied they are open with no secondary move needed to open the cabinet. As you can see from the drop shelf design that second move is needed to keep the shelf from just falling open after the magnet releases the latch. Any idea where I would find a locking latch similar to the one used on the Artech shelves? Sorry for the long question but I have researched until I’m blue in the face. Thanks guys.


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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#1 posted 574 days ago

Have you contacted the people making the shelves and asked them where you can buy them of if they will sell you some?

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#2 posted 571 days ago

Thanks for the replys. Jonathan, I did look at those latches but I don’t think they have any kind of “lock” on them. Greg, I might give that a try, wasn’t too sure how the shelf guy would take to the question but I guess it won’t hurt to ask. Not stealing his idea, just like the way that latch works and I believe it will work well on other projects.

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SamuraiSaw

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#3 posted 571 days ago

On the first page they mention “patent applied for”, so I’d venture to say won’t be too forth coming with details on the mechanism.

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#4 posted 571 days ago

The child locks are actually pretty sturdy, despite being plastic. But you are correct, they open with the magnet. My guess is that the magic may be in those gas shocks he’s got there.

-Brian

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AZ4ME

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#5 posted 571 days ago

Was afraid he might be a little tight lipped in keeping his “secret”. Never thought about the gas shocks maybe being the key to the secondary release…interesting.

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bbasiaga

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#6 posted 571 days ago

I was also thinking there might be a detent on the catch that prevents it from retracting until the catch is lifted slightly. If you do dig up the source for such a latch, please let us know. I’ve been after something similar too.

Thanks,
Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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bbasiaga

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#7 posted 567 days ago

Any updates?

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#8 posted 567 days ago

I am still searching on-line. I have found hinges that require a slight push to release as well as dampers/gas shocks that require the same action (good thought bbasiaga). Obviously not the same as the guy uses on his shelves but I believe they would provide the hold-close, touch-to-open, controlled-lowering part of the equation. Only thing I haven’t found yet is a heavy duty magnetic locking latch, only the not so tough kid proof type. Could come up with a different type of hidden release latch of some sort in place of the magnetic version. Still looking around for ideas.

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bbasiaga

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#9 posted 567 days ago

Would you mind sharing some links to what you have found?

Thanks,
Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#10 posted 567 days ago

You could always purchase one of the less expensive units to see the locking system to help find one

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#11 posted 567 days ago

Is this like you are looking for?

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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AZ4ME

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#12 posted 566 days ago

Hey guys, a couple of the hinges and dampers I have found can both be seen on the same site, www.thehardwarehut.com. Interesting hinge is the Salice Push Hinge, part number SAL-C2RPA99. And I like the look of the Sugatsune Soft-Down Lid Stay, part number SUG-HDS-10H-BLK-L/R. If I’m reading the chart right on that one it will handle a lot of weight.
Jesse, that is one of the latches I have looked at, I question it’s strength. Might have to buy one and put it to the test.

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bbasiaga

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#13 posted 536 days ago

Just dusting this one off…I have not been able to locate much more. Has anyone else found some good hardware for applications like these?

Thanks,
Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#14 posted 536 days ago

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muddyboggy

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#15 posted 533 days ago

Just a thought. How are you going to access your weapon in a hurry or furtively if you have to have a magnetic release knob? Wouldn’t just a squeeze or push release be quicker and more efficient?

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