A Hidden Magnetic Door Catch
This subtle, magnetic method remains unseen
Synopsis: Concealed rare-earth magnets are an invisible and quiet way to hold cabinet doors closed. Joe Morgan hides a single magnet in a mortise in the door and a stack of smaller ones in the carcase, adding function to his furniture without sacrificing clean lines. Morgan explains how to cut the mortises with a plunge router and how to determine the number of magnets you need.
While there are many types of latches to hold cabinet doors in place, most don’t pull me in. I find protruding mechanisms visually unappealing, and I don’t like the sound of latches hitting each other. So I turn to another method: hidden magnets. Concealed rare-earth magnets provide a pristine look and quiet operation. When done right, the magnets have a subtle grab that makes opening and closing a door a pleasure.
For each door, you need one 3⁄4-in.-dia. and four to six…