Section Through Friction Catch

When I first designed this CD box, I planned to use small magnetic touch latches to hold the doors shut. But the design didn't allow room for the bulky barrels of this type of catch. So I challenged Fred Matlack, our Design Shop chief, to come up with a simple wooden catch, preferably with spring action, and he produced the ingenious one shown here.

Fred's catch consists of two V4-in.-thick slips of wood like those used for the knife hinges. (See drawing.) To produce the spring action, Fred bandsawed each slip to '/8-in. thickness over two-thirds of its Wooden springs. A maple friction length and glued pad is glued to each spring, which the remaining holds its door closed. third to the bot-

Spring deflects when door is

Taper front of friction

Glue spring to of groove.

Spring deflects when door is

Taper front of friction

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