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Turnbutton Drawer Catch

Have you ever inadvertently pulled a drawer a bit too far out of its case and watched helplessly as the contents spilled onto the floor? I would guess that just about everybody has experienced this minor catastrophe.

The solution is simple - just install a catch that prevents the drawer from coming completely out of the case. There are lots of ways to do this, but the best that I have found is to use small brass turnbuttons, as shown in the drawing.

The turnbutton is installed on the inside of the case rail. When flipped down the drawer can't be removed. If you want to pull the drawer out, reach under the rail and turn the button up. It's an easy way to deal with a major aggravation.

Good Woodworking,

Ted Raife
Editor, Woodsmith

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