Hidden in Plane sight Magnet catches?

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Forum topic by Peteybadboy posted 03-19-2013 10:31 AM 1865 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-19-2013 10:31 AM

Have you seen Q-Line’s video of Hidden in Plane sight gun cabinet? A friend wants me to build something similar. Do you know where I can get the Magnet catches ?

-- Petey

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#1 posted 03-19-2013 04:14 PM

I have seen magnetic latches sold as childproofing locks. I think one was called the Tot-Lock, I think rockler has them. I haven’t ever used them, so I don’t know if they would hold up to regular secure use or be strong enough to really hold something closed.

The rest of the locking systems on those types of safes seem to be closely guarded secrets.

I think some might have steel bars that use gravity to lock a drawer, then a magnet to raise the bar and open the drawer. sort of like locking a tool box where the rod keeps all of the drawers from opening.

somewhere on the internet I saw crazy systems of gears and pullies that do a similar thing but way more complex. Wave a magnet on one side and the gears make it do something on the other side.

If you find more information, please share it.

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#2 posted 03-19-2013 04:46 PM

There are these:,41399,41403&ap=1

I think I’ve seen a system where a remote control unlocks
all the doors catches at once.

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#3 posted 03-19-2013 05:29 PM

There’s a video from Richard Garriott’s house that has an “arrange the knick-knacks just right to open the cabinet” mechanism floating around the net.

I think it isn’t that hard, though: Get yourself some strong permanent magnets. You might not need something as powerful as these gold-coated Neodymium Iron Boron magnets, but you can put one of these on either side of your hand, and they’ll stay there. So if you have a mechanism that needs a half an inch or so of throw, and you can put it under an eighth or a quarter inch of wood, those magnets will give you quite a bit of force.

You could almost certainly get away with cheaper smaller magnets, but those in particular will hurt you if you’re not careful. I got bruises to prove it.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#4 posted 03-19-2013 06:33 PM

Loren, I think what you sent can be worked into a cabinet. I will order a few and fiddle with them. Thanks to all of you who replied. It may take me some time to test things out, other projects ahead of this one. I will post my findings when done. Any other ideas I would like to hear please post them too.

-- Petey

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