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Mundane Portal!

Starting with the wardrobe in the Narnia books, I'm looking for other examples of mundane objects (ideally furniture) that contain or allow access to magical worlds. Literature, film, pop culture - anything really. [more inside]
posted by rog on Nov 14, 2013 - 52 answers

How do I transport an insect collection in a car?

I have an insect cabinet that I need to transport from North Carolina to Georgia, and then from Georgia to Nevada. How do I do this without destroying all the beautiful fragile things within? [more inside]
posted by Pwoink on Nov 7, 2013 - 6 answers

Searching for a server rack/cabinet…

At my place of employment, I have been charged with physically securing our two servers. The decision has been made to bolt them to the concrete floor in a cage. I don't know how to shop for a server rack. We have an old one that they're on now, but it's an open rack, without sides or locks. I need one that's more of a cage, to keep people without the key out. It'll have to fit at least 8U worth of servers, and also accommodate a midsized tower somehow, and be 1000mm deep minimum. How do I shop for this? I can't find any information on whether any of the racks I'm looking at are bolt downable.
posted by TrueVox on Jul 19, 2013 - 13 answers

Help me fix a broken cabinet door/hinge

An unnamed member of my family leaned on an Ikea-type kitchen cabinet door and the screws in the top hinge ripped out a bit of the particle board. [more inside]
posted by gwint on May 14, 2013 - 14 answers

Recommendations for a liquor cabinet lock?

I have a liquor cabinet at home that has two handles very close together, that allow for the cabinet to be opened like French doors. Looking for a lock for it. [more inside]
posted by po822000 on Mar 28, 2013 - 6 answers

hanging a medicine cabinet door

my friend's triple door medicine cabinet lost a door. trying to get a replacement hinge hasn't been fruitful. can you recommend a good alternative hinge? complications inside. [more inside]
posted by ps_im_awesome on Jan 10, 2013 - 2 answers

Help me find this hinge off my kitchen cabinet

Help me find this hinge off my kitchen cabinet- [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi on Aug 22, 2012 - 6 answers

Organize my "medicine" cabinet!

I'm looking for creative ideas for organizing a bathroom "medicine" cabinet. The depth of the shelves is only 3.5 inches. [more inside]
posted by BrashTech on Apr 21, 2012 - 7 answers

Insane way to install wall cabinet?

I have a kitchen wall cabinet to install. I can't do any heavy lifting due to a back injury. Is this an insane way to install a kitchen wall cabinet? [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo on Nov 17, 2011 - 13 answers

Which knob am I supposed to turn to 11?

Continuing on my progression to Rock God status, I hoped you could enlighten me with everything you know about getting particular sounds out of amps and effects--both as a general proposition, and with respect to the infinitely tweakable Line 6 Pod HD. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jul 19, 2011 - 10 answers

Where can I find lockable storage with cable holes?

Where can I buy a lockable storage cabinet for several external hard drives, with a hole for cables to the outside? [more inside]
posted by gemmy on May 10, 2011 - 8 answers

bob vila and the like, please advise!

A screw that holds the wood facing facing of my silverware drawer onto the glides broke in the wood. After a long protracted battle, it ended up having to be "chiseled" out, making a big mess, and making a big crater in the facing. Good news, it is on the inside so it isn't an eyesore. Bad news, I have no idea how to fix it. I need to be able to put a screw back in - in that same spot. The crater/hole is about 1/4" deep and about 1" in diameter, and basically is as deep as the screw was drilled. I can't afford to go much deeper to grab into new wood bc it will drill into the front exposed part of the facing. My question is - can I use wood putty to fill the crater? Will that hold a screw strongly? Everything I've looked into about wood filler doesn't really address holding a screw that is used often so I'm not sure. Most talk about using a toothpick or matchstick but that won't work here because the crater is shallow and wide, and there is no hole anymore, just the crater. Handymen and women, please advise! thanks in advance!
posted by dublin on Apr 1, 2011 - 25 answers

Ohm my god

The bass player in my band has this combo amp. It has 2 internal speakers, and an external speaker jack rated for a minimum impedance of 4 ohms. If he wants to hook up an additional cabinet, what does the impedance of the extra cab need to be? [more inside]
posted by anazgnos on Mar 13, 2011 - 2 answers

Help me find a "green" kitchen cabinet.

What is the best source for reputable "eco-friendly" kitchen cabinets? [more inside]
posted by rabidsegue on Jan 23, 2011 - 5 answers

How to keep my cabinets cool?

My under cabinet lights are so hot they're heating up my cabinet shelves. Since I don't want to remove the lights, or drink from hot glasses, what liner or material can I use beneath my dishware and canned food to keep them from getting hot?
posted by ranunculus on Dec 12, 2010 - 12 answers

What should these sliding doors be made of?

I need to replace glass sliding doors in a cabinet, and would like to do it with something other than glass, because glass is heavy and doesn't want to slide. Can you give me ideas for materials that are lightweight, opaque or semi-opaque, and slidey? [more inside]
posted by HotToddy on Aug 26, 2010 - 8 answers

Want to buy Medicine Cabinet in Store not online!

All i want to do is be able to go to a store and buy a medicine cabinet... where can i do this in the Los Angeles area? I am in Culver City and all I can find is Home Depot and they have crap!
posted by matthelm on Aug 3, 2010 - 12 answers

Help hide my ugly printers!

I'm looking for a wall-mountable cabinet-type piece of furniture to house my two printers. [more inside]
posted by drlith on Jun 20, 2010 - 5 answers

How to re-shelve a medicine cabinet?

The medicine cabinet in the bathroom of my new apartment is missing its internal shelves. This limits its usefulness pretty significantly. Any ideas where I could look for thin, lightweight shelves to replace the missing ones? [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg on May 5, 2010 - 4 answers

like a record, baby

How do you tighten the 'spin' on a corner kitchen cabinet? [more inside]
posted by kestrel251 on Jan 8, 2010 - 1 answer

What is the current state of the art in MAME frontends?

What is the current state of the art in MAME frontends? [more inside]
posted by monkeybutt on Jul 14, 2009 - 11 answers

Who is this person?

Who is this person to the right of General Abrams? With the sharp part and black glasses on the very far right.
posted by KingoftheWhales on May 26, 2009 - 18 answers

Help make my card catalog into an awesome pixel-ated image.

I recently acquired one of these orthodontic cabinets at a consignment shop and it is in desperate need of a paint job. Because there are 100 drawers (10 x 10) I would like to paint the individual drawers to create a neat image when the cabinet is viewed from a distance. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by melodykramer on May 17, 2009 - 16 answers

I'm used to paying ikea prices, what is reasonable for a library card catalog file cabinet?

What is a reasonable price to pay for a library card catalog cabinet? [more inside]
posted by achmorrison on Apr 4, 2009 - 22 answers

What gives with the Obama Cabinet problems?

Did Obama make bad picks, in terms of the recent revelations of tax problems, for some of his Cabinet officials, has he had bad luck, is this par for the course, or is there more scrutiny now than in the past? [more inside]
posted by Reverend John on Feb 4, 2009 - 20 answers

Go Green for Obama?

Does anyone know what those green lapel pins are that about a third of Obama's staffers seem to be wearing in the photos here? (via)
posted by limeonaire on Jan 15, 2009 - 14 answers

What should I put in my china cabinet?

I recently received a large, beautiful china cabinet/buffet, and it's now the focal piece in my living room. It's wonderful, but seeing as I have no china, I have no idea what to put in it. [more inside]
posted by Hot Like Your 12V Wire on Jan 6, 2008 - 13 answers

Soon we'll be Living the Dream, but first: How to move an arcade game cabinet up the stairs?

What is the best way to transport a an arcade game cabinet (Ms. Pac-Man, if you must know) across town and then up the stairs? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Dec 5, 2007 - 17 answers

How do you work a file cabinet?

Tell me about your personal filing system. How you organize your file cabinets, that is. [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on Jun 26, 2007 - 24 answers

Using an Awl as a ProTool

How would one build a musical apothecary cabinet or locate someone who could build such a thing for you? [more inside]
posted by Falconetti on Jun 10, 2007 - 9 answers

Help me camouflage cabinet doors

Kitchen cabinet camouflage - bring me your ideas! [more inside]
posted by acoutu on Feb 18, 2007 - 19 answers

Find the ideal file cabinet?

Help me find a good filing cabinet? [more inside]
posted by betterton on Nov 19, 2005 - 9 answers

Religions of the cabinet

Is there some way to determine the religion of the various members of President Bush's cabinet? It seems like information that should be readily available, but Google is failing me.
posted by dpx.mfx on Feb 23, 2005 - 8 answers

What are the best ways to find old arcade games and pinball machines?

Arcade filter: I collect and restore arcade games and pinball machines. I'm always looking for more games, and the main way I find them is by watching the classified ads. What are the best classified ad search engines for both online ads and newspaper ads? Can anyone suggest a better way to find games?
posted by cosmicbandito on Feb 14, 2005 - 5 answers

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