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« on: June 26, 2011, 04:47:56 AM »

I put a bunch of full extension drawer slides in my bus, used some common type catches on them. But I still get some that come open while driving, it does not help my wife fills them so full and heavy. I am looking for ideas for a positive type catch that must be released?Huh I do not have handles on them now, just routed a relief to grab So stronger magnetic type catches means handles too. Which I don't want to do. Thanks Tom Y 
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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2011, 05:19:00 AM »

Try the marine world suppliers Tom they have good latches on boats

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« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2011, 05:27:12 AM »

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=1376&filter=latch

This is flush when latched, so it is unobtrusive. May not fit ideal for your handle free style, but may be an acceptable solution to keeping things closed.
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« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2011, 06:01:59 AM »

Baby latches, the Depot, 5.00 for 3 on them. You open drawer or door and push them in a little and opens right up.

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« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2011, 06:11:34 AM »

Small wood wedge on bottom of drawer. placed so you just have to slightly lift up to clear frame of cabinet to open; has worked on my cabinets for last three coaches. When closeing-push in and wedge slides over lip. Don't get to wild with wedge a 1/8 edge will hold a drawer tight.  Try it if you don't like it take it off.   1/2 wide -   by height needed -  by gentle slope.   glue on
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« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2011, 06:11:55 AM »

Since you already have the slides this may be a little late. I use the blum motion undermount slide with self closing shocks. You slide it in til it catches and the shock pulls it in and keeps it there. I used them on every drawer in the bus pantry included. never had one come open.

http://www.blum.com/us/en/index.php
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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2011, 07:56:46 AM »

One thing you can try first before you invest any money. Look at the back of the drawer slide. They usually have a piece of rubber that the slide grabs on to hold it shut. If yours looks like this, try crimping the back of the slide that is attached to the drawer. This will make the the fit around the rubber more firm. It doesn't take much so don't crimp too much. The one downside is that it takes a little more force to open the drawer. I have not had a drawer open yet. I am a cabinet maker and I am not a big fan of catches. I hope this helps. If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Good Luck,

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« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2011, 08:03:22 AM »

Tom

On my drawers I put a small bolt that is just behind the front roller so you have to PULL the drawer to open it. On the drawers that opened when driving I added a washer under the head of the bolt. On the drawers that still opened I added a bolt on the track on the other side. I think the bolts are #4 size.

I have a collection of the marine type latches referenced and would send them to you if you have an interest in them. I believe I have six of them and would like them to go away.

PM me if you want them.

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« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2011, 08:09:54 AM »

Amazing the solutions! some really simple!!! I thought wood wedges were simple but if I had knowledge of above would have just needed adjustment.  Thanks for info.   Bob.  PS  by accident my new cabinets have the mech like Eric describes it came with it--glad it did now!
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« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2011, 09:44:50 AM »

Thanks Guys.
I will look into the marine hardware.
Not sure about the push button catch, and at 20+ drawers at 25.00 it is pricey.
Baby latches may work will look into them also.
Small wooden wedges? Have you used these on a full extension ball bearing slide? Does not seem like enough play up and down but will take a look.
Not ready to go to a different slide system.
Yes I did close up the tabs on the rear of the drawers, Helped on most but the heaviest ones still can come open. Not always but I do not want them to come open at all while driving.
These are ball bearing slides no rollers.

Thanks Again Guys, Open to any other ideas.  Tom Y
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« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2011, 10:58:13 AM »

One issue I see with baby latches is they are designed to allow the drawer to open an inch or two so an adult can operate the latch.
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« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2011, 01:42:22 PM »

Do you have enough space behind the drawers for a magnet?   Either put the magnet on the wall and a small piece of steel on the drawer, or VV.   Old speakers and computer hard drives have strong magnets in them that would work well.

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« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2011, 01:44:11 PM »

What about ball catches? Any hardware store would have them as door hardware.

http://www.amazon.com/Stanley-80-3942-Adjustable-Ball-Catch/dp/B000KL2SFY/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1309122444&sr=8-11
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« Reply #13 on: June 27, 2011, 04:10:02 AM »

Melbo I'd be interested in those latches and be glad yo take them off your hands if they are still available.

One more ready solution to keep the drawers closed is, use one small bunjy cord screwed on the very back if the drawer and the other end off the cabinet wall. Keeps tension on the drawer all the time.
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