Is a shopmade catch the only tasteful way to keep the doors closed on your cabinets? A quick trip through popular hardware catalogs seems to lend credence to that argument. But three contributing editors—Steve Latta, Garrett Hack, and Michael Fortune—are sharing a few of their secrets for using commercial catches in a way that will look at home on fine furniture. Latta's favorite is the double-ball catch, which combines versatility, attractiveness, and ease of installation. Hack favors a bullet catch, which he installs at the bottom of the door and is both discrete and practical. Fortune incorporates hidden rare-earth magnets in his cabinets, and also favors using a commercial touch latch, which he hides by making an elegant cover.

From Fine Woodworking #219