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Old 04-11-2007, 01:50 PM   #1
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New Style cabinet latches

Ok, so I looked through the forums and didn't find a tread that addressed this . ..

I am rebuilding to make the 1966 Safari truly Spiffy, and have been in search of a classy, new style type of latch. I am looking for quality, beauty, and functionality.

I've been to the local dealer and looked in the new coaches to discover the 'NEW' stuff used currently by Airstream. I have bought Southco - 93-308 :: 93 - Keylocking Flush/Knob Latches (which can be seen installed on my bathroom closet in my pictures). I think I will use Southco - M1-63-8 :: M1 - Flush Pull Latches for the storage doors under the seating.

Have any of you found really cool latches that you would want to install if you were not staying original and rebuilding?

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Old 04-11-2007, 07:59 PM   #2
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I like those stainless latches! Do you have new cabinet doors, and therefore no more square handle/latches to deal with?
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Old 04-12-2007, 08:40 AM   #3
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I like those stainless latches! Do you have new cabinet doors, and therefore no more square handle/latches to deal with?
Yes. I've had the Spiffy down to the frame and am now in the middle of rebuilding and customizing all the cabinets, the current item being the gaucho (see Picture).

We wanted to keep things as close to the original as possible, yet provide improvements (trick things out) and meet our needs/wants.

I love the latches and will try to order them today. I'm hoping the distributor won't require that I buy in volume.


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Old 04-12-2007, 09:50 AM   #4
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It's looking really... well, spiffy!! More pics???????
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It's always ane eye-opener to browse through West Marine - Make Boating Better with New Boating Gear from West Marine. I'd say compactness and functionality is something we'd seek for either Airstreams or boats.
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Old 04-12-2007, 10:37 AM   #6
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Great link Bob. I saw some things there that I might have to get.

I do believe a third of the project is hunting parts and supplies. I wish I had these links when I started . . .

Tanya, I've been adding pictures to my photo gallery. Here are a couple more just because you asked . . . both are regarding the making of the bathroom closet.

Notice in the one picture the box just in front of the closet? It's an Onan generator and fire case with sound proofing.

The black box in front of the generator, just inside the wheel well is my battery case (it has to be sealed and vented to outside - because batteries give off a gas as they charge).


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Old 04-18-2007, 02:37 PM   #7
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This is the latch hardware I bought and will be installing on the cabinet doors that lay on the floor when open. I didn't want something that would gouge the floor over time.
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Fantastic! Great info on latches. Can we see pics of your bath? Love your work...and creative ideas!
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I used these positive action push button latches when I redid my 65 tradewind. They work great.

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spiffy, Thanks for the pics. Your project is looking great. what thickness and type of plywood are you using, I like the look and we're getting ready for our kitchen redo. We have the 80's wormy,knotty look right now and want to bring in more light. Teresa
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Alumibum,

Here are a couple pics. The one is the backside of the tub taken from outside, before the trim was/is installed. The black vent pipe has an aluminum cover. The original had a plastic cover. Give me a day to take more pictures for you . . .

We are trying to stay with stainless/aluminum hardware. The black push buttons were picked because we couldn't find what we were looking for - but have found since. Thus, this tread: we hope to compile a list of cabinet hardware sources so someone else is spared the work of endless research.

Also, the black push button latches were ordered from Airstream (they use them in some of the new coaches). I paid $20 apeice for them. The nice stainless latches I have pictured here cost me $20.23 each with the middle man cut out.

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This pic didn't get included in the last post because I forgot to resize it . . .
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Blue Pearl,

Thanks for the complements!

I am using Oak cabinet-grade ply and solid oak boards for trim and support.

Cabinet doors are made of 3/8ths thickness (I have had to order this, because it is non-standard). I laminate two pieces together for strength and to keep warping from occurring: one is larger for the outside, and the other is smaller and made to recess within the framework to which itís hinge is attached.

I also use the 3/8ths where the support is needed, 1/4 is used elsewhere. Note that the Spiffy Gem has one axle, so weight is of great restraint when considering wood thickness.

Basically, I am doing the same thing Airstream did when the coach was made (except where modifications are made).

I have almost completed the new doors for the gaucho cabinets and will post some pictures for you (with the new hardware installed). Give me a day or two . . .

I think the hardware with the dark red type stain is cool!

If you want information on the stain, which is a three-stage process (not including the polyurethane finish) and includes two coats of water stain and one coat of an oil mix, then send me a private email (so we don't hijack the tread topic).

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Steve,

Wow!! Really nice push button latch - and I really like the price compared to what I paid!

Do you have a picture of these installed?

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