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Old 02-10-2007, 01:09 PM   #1
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What is the best locking mechanism for cabinets?

I have searched the forums and can't find this answered. We are building new cabinets in the kitchen area of my '74 Tradewind. We are using Maple and going for a flat/clean look to the faces. No trim etc. We are putting in a pull out pantry by the fridge, so besides that there will be cabinet doors and a couple of drawers. I am stumped on how to latch them securely and maintain the look I am going after. Any ideas? I am worried that my cabinet maker isn't getting how important it is that these are latched down tight for travel so I don't want to leave it to him (he suggested that the new European hinges would have enough hold). So I am back here bothering y'all again! . Thanks, Pam
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Old 02-10-2007, 01:40 PM   #2
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There are quite a number of folks online right now, otherwise I'd say that Saturday PM thru Sunday midday are slow times at ASForums. While waiting for actual experiences to be posted ... have a look at westmarine.com, cabinet & deck hardware. It's pretty hard to tell what's what from the pictures.

Anyone?
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Old 02-10-2007, 01:44 PM   #3
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There are quite a number of folks online right now, otherwise I'd say that Saturday PM thru Sunday midday are slow times at ASForums. While waiting for actual experiences to be posted ... have a look at westmarine.com, cabinet & deck hardware. It's pretty hard to tell what's what from the pictures.

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Great idea! I even have a store in my neighborhood. Thanks, Pam
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Old 02-10-2007, 03:21 PM   #4
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If you're wanting a clean look, consider "push to open", push to lock" latches on the cabinet doors. They are available at numerous sources on the web. Airstream used these kind of latches on our 1982 Liimited and they have held up now for over 25 years. They mount behind the door frames completely out of sight. They operate conveniently and keep the doors closed securely.
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Some of the magnetic catch work really well and they can be mounted so that they are out of sight and clean
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