Lateral File Cabinets | Custom

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Project by Chris Davis posted 07-15-2008 12:40 PM 3451 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are some lateral file cabinets that I built along with conference table for RSG. I built 3 lateral files for this order. Two of them were a two drawer armoire style with a connecting desk in between them and the other one was a 4 drawer.

On each of these I used a hanging file system that I use so that I, or the customer, does not have to add the metal racks. This saves space because I don’t have to make drawers extra big for the metal rack. What I do is just cut a rabbet in the outside/top of the drawer sides. Since theses were lateral files and the files went in sideways, I decided to add a patrician in the drawer for the files to run on. This way it could be moved depending if standard or legal files are used. Each drawer had full extension rails.

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#1 posted 07-15-2008 02:24 PM

Wow, you have some tremendous talent Sir! Those look great!

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#2 posted 07-15-2008 02:45 PM

those look great! thanks for the post.

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#3 posted 07-15-2008 05:37 PM

Hi Chris

Great looking cabinets. You did a beautiful job on them. Thanks for posting. I always enjoyed making office furniture.

God Bless

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#4 posted 07-15-2008 07:25 PM

Nice work!

Thanks for the post


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#5 posted 07-15-2008 07:54 PM

Great work!
I’ve been thinking of trying to build some bookshelves with file drawers like this in the base. Can you post any more info or close up shots of the file folder supports?
Thanks for the inspiration

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#6 posted 07-16-2008 04:23 AM

Very nice cabinets. My wife has been wanting something similar for our office. Thank you for sharing.

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#7 posted 07-16-2008 01:01 PM

sry, the drawer just had a rabbit cut in it for the hanging file folders to slide. These are lateral so the only planning was the inside of the drawer when I built them. It had to be 12” inside, double check those with your brand of foldlers. If you use the standard pull out instead of the lateral file you’ll need to do some advanced planning. I had 12” inside of the drawer, add 13/16”(I know weird size, I got some new birch) for the drawer box material. Add 1” for the full extension rails and you have 13 13/16” for the insides of my cabinet. I build it a frameless style so 15 5/16” is my overall out side. I didn’t take a close up but here another one that I did.
File Drawer

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#8 posted 09-26-2008 12:51 PM

Thats is some nice file cabinets.

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