I am trying to build a custom cabinet with a trash drawer that is dog proof. I don't like the two-handed operation of the baby latches, so I was thinking something like a door knob. I would want it to work just like a door knob except no knob on the inside and a thinner latching mechanism so I don't have to build my cabinet door 1.5" thick.

Since I am building it myself, I could just build out the frame where the latch is going to be to 1.5" and then modify the knob hardware to eliminate the inside knob.

Open to other suggestions.

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Why not use a surface-mounted cabinet twist latch:

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image courtesy of houseofantiquehardware.com

Or, if your pup likes to open latches by biting, use a recessed slam latch:

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image courtesy of actronmfginc.com

also called paddle-handle push-to-close latch, to protect her or his teeth?

Of course, if the bin is large enough to trap a person, you do need an inside handle!

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    +1 for thinking about my 3 y.o. Grandson.
    – Lee Sam
    Apr 19, 2021 at 1:10
  • The paddle latch is perfect.
    – JoeLeBaron
    Apr 20, 2021 at 2:04
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    Thanks to @FreeMan for the edit. Apr 20, 2021 at 17:24

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