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Forum topic by tillyman88 posted 03-15-2014 10:38 PM 757 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-15-2014 10:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hardware drawers help bell chime glides

My mom called me the other day asking if I could try and make a cash drawer for her to go to craft shows with. She wanted two specific things about it she wants push to open drawer glides and something to make a sound when it is opened (like a bell or chime). I found some pricey glides but can’t seem to find chimes or a bell. Any suggestions would be helpful and appreciated.


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#1 posted 03-16-2014 12:16 AM

Bicycle bell is the only thing I can think of. The thumb lever could be geared to the drawer to ring when opened???

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#2 posted 03-16-2014 01:17 AM

Any type of mechanical bell on the outside of the drawer would be visible and easily defeated by a agile thief, so whatever you use needs to be mounted to the inside. One thought that came to mind to get something loud enough to be heard if your mom stepped a bit away from the register and small is something electrical. You could use a 9 volt battery wired across a couple metal washers or something that were attached to the drawer and it’s path so as it opened a electrical bell or buzzer would sound, than stop as the drawer opened past that point. Downside of course is it would ring/buzz when closing as well, but that would probably happen with anything mechanical as well. A switch could also be devised with a rare earth magnet that engaged ias it’s matching washer on a drawer or side was passed.

Another thought is mount a tuning fork in a slot in the back of the drawer, than rig a little spring loaded hammer that would be forced down striking it when it was opened, than would spring back into the open position.

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