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We’ve all seen magnetic catches on cabinets — you know, the kind where if you pull hard enough you overcome the magnetic force to open the door.  But the bigger the door, the bigger the magnet needed to hold it closed and the harder you have to yank the door to get it open.  Using their switchable magnets, Magswitch has come up with a way to hold doors securely yet let them open easily without having to pull so hard.

Magswitch designed their cabinet latches to fit standard 8-32 or M4 threaded knobs so you’re not stuck with some industrial-looking knob on your fine cabinetry.  When you turn the knob to the on position the magnets hold the door closed with 10lbs of force which should keep even heavy doors closed.  Turn the knob to the off position and the door opens freely.

Two striker plates are included in the $7 or $8 price.

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4 Responses to Magswitch Cabinet Latches

  1. Shopmonger says:

    Now this is a fine example of good old fasion ingenuity.

    This would even be good for some basic child safety……atleast until the become full fledge toomongers….

    but even for Boats…. or just in the shop for a stubborn cabinet door…..

  2. Peter says:

    That’s pretty darned neat.

  3. Zathrus says:

    This reminds me of the Safety 1st brand magnetic “tot-loks” that we have on some of our cabinets. They are the only ones our inventive 2 yr old didn’t figure out and/or destroy. http://perfectlysafe.stores.yahoo.net/totstarkit2l.html

    And while they’re oriented toward baby-proofing, you could certainly use them for basic latching with any kind of knob you wanted — all of the hardware is behind the door.

    About the same price as these.

    Advantage of these — no magnetic “key” to lose (you could use any sufficiently strong rare earth magnet for the tot-lok though).

    Disadvantage: no actual safety if that’s your goal.

    I’d tend toward these if I didn’t have small children around. Very nifty design.

  4. Lewis says:

    Where can you buy these online?

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