I wanted a devise to create a secret space,  after thinking a while I came at the idea to work with magnets.I also now that magnets worked with a medium of something not magnetics. After testing different types of material , I came up with the simple idea of a wooden cabinet with a drawer,  containing four separate strips of metal . Because the magnets I used, it was no problem to bridge a thickness of 10 mm wood. I would be able to move the strip, without seeing anything from the outside.
Obviously I had a lock on the closet , I did this by making slots in the strips where te could be slid in. Trough attaching springs on the back of the drawer, the strip would be pushed to a side of the slot.  By making this, the strip could not move until you pushed the drawer. Now that you have read the idea of me , I will tell you step by step how I made the cabinet.


Step 1: Invent measurements and shapes

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Invent measurements,  I have done this by thinking that it most be practical, small and cheap .

Step 2: Drawing

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Drawing of the parts through solidworks .

Step 3: Cutting!

Cutting the cabinet and drawer , using a CNC cutting machine at work. Unfortunately have no pictures of this process . I tried to cut as much as possible in miter , to later see a minimize seams again.

Step 4: Milling!

After cutting the parts, I used a milling machine , to make the different slots in the cabinet and drawer. Because the slots have different kinds of depths, the metal strips would never fall out.

Step 5: Grinding!

grinding of the Plexiglass , try to support the plate as much is possible.

Step 6: Making the strips!

Cutting, milling, drilling, tapping and grinding of the strips . Firstly cutting of the strips, immediately after drilled the holes and tapped, after I screwed a bolt in the strips , so that the strips exactly have the same dimensions at the end of the process. Milled the strips so that the have later on a better conductivity with the timber. After that I create  a camber such as the magnet .

Step 7: Assemble the springs

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Assemble the springs through loctide 401 . Very strong.

Step 8: Gluing the cabinet and drawer

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Gluing the cabinet and drawer with Bizon houtlijm , After that I finished it with a dremel and sandpaper.

Step 9: Making the handles!

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First milling the handles in the right shape, after that drilling the holes for the magnetics. The magnetics wich I order had a wire end. I smacked the end of the magnetic in the holes of the handles

Step 10: Painting it!

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Painting the cabinet and drawer with the familiar black dots making it a dominoes. This also let you see where to place the handles

Step 11: Conductivity!

At last rub in the interior of the cabinet with suet  to get a good conductivity.

Nice idea. Wow - your workshop.... Milling that wood on that milling machine - had to chuckle. Awesome tools - droool

Very cool. I love the idea of having no external clues as to the mechanism. Be careful not to leave scuffs with your key-handles...

roggie1994 (author)  Renard_Bleu1 year ago

Thanks for the tip, have applied several layers of wood lacquer for a good protection.

Yay! Another magnetic latch idea!

M3G1 year ago
Awesome idea!