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Old 04-07-2020, 10:37   #1
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Keeping cabinet doors closed

I have a number of cabinets with doors that you reach a finger thru to access the latch. In a rough passage, it's possible for items inside to shift, hit the latch and open the doors.

I've been giving some thought to a good way to secure these without adding any hardware and came up with this idea. A wide ribbon will fit around the door without binding. I'm thinking I'll add a buckle where the needle is now to it so I can tighten it up yet still have quick access.

What do you think - will this work? Would velcro work for the closure?
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I had those "reach-thru" latches, and hated them. I had what I thought was an irrational fear of breaking my finger in one.
Until I met someone who HAD broken a finger in one.

So I changed them all with pull latches - a direct fit

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Keenso+Un...ref=nb_sb_noss
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Re: Keeping cabinet doors closed

What about rabbit hut hatch clips at the top? keep them stiff and they don't need to be used in harbour, just at sea.

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Re: Keeping cabinet doors closed

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I have a number of cabinets with doors that you reach a finger thru to access the latch. In a rough passage, it's possible for items inside to shift, hit the latch and open the doors.

I've been giving some thought to a good way to secure these without adding any hardware and came up with this idea. A wide ribbon will fit around the door without binding. I'm thinking I'll add a buckle where the needle is now to it so I can tighten it up yet still have quick access.

What do you think - will this work? Would velcro work for the closure?
Iím not questioning your veracity but I find this quite unusual. I have all finger hole type latches and Iíve never had one open on its own. Itís not like I just coastal cruise so Iíve never been in adverse conditions. Iíve sailed to Bermuda four times and hit all kinds of crappy weather for days on end.
Perhaps you need to revisit your stowage. I use towels and plastic shopping bags to keep things from moving. Thereís nothing worse than something making noise and the crew trying to hunt the culprit down.
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Re: Keeping cabinet doors closed

What about these?
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I had those "reach-thru" latches, and hated them. I had what I thought was an irrational fear of breaking my finger in one.
Until I met someone who HAD broken a finger in one.

So I changed them all with pull latches - a direct fit

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Keenso+Un...ref=nb_sb_noss
Same fear...I have almost wrenched a finger and could see how a broken finger could easily happen. I just bought a push button device that should fit in the existing hole. I'm experimenting with what works best. Though the OP didn't want to buy hardware, these look like good options that are not very expensive.
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Re: Keeping cabinet doors closed

I’m not sure what they are called, but all our cabinets are kept closed by simple latch that is an hourglass shaped part that slides between two balls held by springs, they aren’t easily opened is the down side, but they don’t open on their own either.
You still stick your finger through a hole, but you just pull with it.

The doors have the rabbit hutch latches to hold them open.
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When designing a galley, I had the same irrational fear of broken fingers with the poke through latches. I settled on these slam shut, pull to open latches, Southco M1-15-61-8


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Re: Keeping cabinet doors closed

That will work. I like those reach through latches but they are a bear to adjust perfectly, so will come open at times. For offshore I like a little "turn latch" of oblong wood on the cabinet face. Rotate to block door opening. They can be nice out of exotic wood... and dead simple. But you have trim....
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Pilott said all that needs to be said, and Gamayun supported it. Those holes with latches on the backs of doors and drawers are specifically designed to break sailors' fingers when their boats roll. "Pretty" is NOT the principal design criterion for boats - or at least it shouldn't be!

The proper device for securing doors and drawers in boat is what is called a "turn button" . If you don't know what turn buttons are, google for them. Then make your own bespoke ones by whittling a bit of teak or any other suitable wood. Simple, dirt cheap and fool-proof!

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Re: Keeping cabinet doors closed

This worked for us - however in rolling seas, the doors could partially open and make some noise as the boat rolled and they partially opened and closed.

https://www.acehardware.com/departme...safety/5005879
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I'm with Cheechako and TrentePieds on this one. A simple toggle carved out of wood and secured with a screw is the simplest, cheapest, and best solution for this. Depending on the geometry and layout of your doors, one toggle between two doors might work.
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Re: Keeping cabinet doors closed

I use the plastic child proof latches that you install inside for all my cabinet and drawers. After 8 years I’ve never had any fail. About 10/$10.00 at any hardware store.
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