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scolman
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I am in the process of modifying one of my old creations and need some assistance with spring-trap doors. I am trying to source parts that will function as mini trapdoors in small wooden pedestals. The pedestals are tubular and have a diameter of about 2". Does anyone have any experince with this.

Simon
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Try looking first in craft and hobby shops, also try Micheals. If they don't have it, then I'm sure they can tell you where you can find it.

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Dave Fiscus
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Simon,
Try this site: http://www.hardwaresource.com/Store_View......Cat=1143 It sells 1 9/16" opening spring hinges that should do the trick. Alternately, make your own by cutting two knuckles off a 4 knuckle hinge and winding music wire to make a spring. Search the Café for detailed posts on doing this.
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In the past I have made my own rather unusual trap doors, - very difficult to describe but they work on exactly the same principle as a f*ld*ng c**n using elastic bands as the hinge/spring.

If you need any details then drop me a pm.
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Here's a sketch of my "f*ld*ng c**n" trapdoor - I've used it on two props without any problems. It will probably require adapting to suit your particular needs, prototype it first!

Click here to view/download attached file.
Michael Baker
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Excellent concept! Thanks much!

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scolman
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Thank goodness I stumbled back into this thread. What great info, thanks guys.
Simon
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MagicJohn,

Great ideas.

Thanks
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