Go-To Gifts; Jewelry Cabinet Drawer Locking Mechanism
Issue: Issue 341
Posted Date: 12/17/2013
We recently posed the question to the Woodworker's Journal Facebook community: "The clock is ticking for this year's gift-giving. When you're trying to meet (or beat)expectations, do you have a signature, go-to gift from your shop?"
It seems that many of those stashes are still secret, as here's the response we got. - Editor
"Magic wine bottle holders." - Donald F.
Of course, we're ones to talk ... presents for Christmas got started this past weekend in our editors' shops. (Yes, we do know that it comes on December 25 every year.) When you can make the reveal, we'd love to hear what you're building. Meanwhile, if a jewelry cabinet is on your list, you may find the following discussion helpful. - Editor
Drawer Locking Mechanism from Woodweb
"I'm wanting to make a wall-hung jewelry cabinet that will lock. The doors will lock with a library catch and conventional keyed cabinet door lock. I'd like to have a simple 'pushbutton' type mechanism for locking the drawer from above the stile between it and the doors, accessible when the door is open. The mechanism can't rise above the top of the stile so it won't interfere with the doors. Anyone know of an elegant solution, ready-made or shop-built, for this? I have a CNC router, so can make complex mechanisms with accuracy. I have a couple ideas, but neither is really perfect.... My thought had been to somehow adapt a spring-loaded touch latch, but I can't figure out a way to do it.Thanks!" - Al L.
Here's the suggestion Al received. - Editor
"It seems like a cam latch should work. Let it into the face frame such that the lever can rest inset to the left (for instance) when locked, and inset to the right when unlocked. The lock is just the body of the cam rotating into a slot in the top of the drawer. You'd have to make all of these parts." - Mark