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Sirgreggins

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07-23-2015 11:31 AM

I’m looking to build a shoe organizer for my gf soon and she came across a specific design on Pinterest the other day which was a flip out drawer. The drawer is very similar to the flip out style you find under kitchen sinks. My question is will the flip out hardware work for a large drawer to hold shoes or is a small drawer the only option with this hardware?


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#1 posted 07-23-2015 02:03 PM

it looks like the shoe bin rotates out. If so you only need some sort of axle for the bin to rotate around, or a pockets in the case side for the shaft to rotate in.

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#2 posted 07-23-2015 02:42 PM

I agree with Chris ,you don’t need hardware for the project you want to make,besides the tilt out drawer front hardware does not have enough travel to do the job.

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#3 posted 07-23-2015 06:18 PM

Be aware, it’s very hard to keep one like you pic’d balanced. My wife wanted one, and I went to see the store built model to get some basic dimensions. Once I had it mostly built (with out any special hardware), I found the drawer so heavy it tipped the entire stool over. Put shoes in it and it would have weighted more. I gave up on the design. If you intend to build one, give it some thought.

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#4 posted 07-23-2015 06:34 PM



Be aware, it s very hard to keep one like you pic d balanced. My wife wanted one, and I went to see the store built model to get some basic dimensions. Once I had it mostly built (with out any special hardware), I found the drawer so heavy it tipped the entire stool over. Put shoes in it and it would have weighted more. I gave up on the design. If you intend to build one, give it some thought.

- Fred Hargis

A hundred pounds of lead in the base.

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#5 posted 07-23-2015 07:18 PM

I agree that counterweight will most likely be needed to keep the bin closed. The location of the pivot or axle will play a big role in how easy it is to open and stay open or close and stay closed. Magnets can also be used to help hold the bin in place.

-- Chris K

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#6 posted 07-24-2015 02:26 AM

Lead is expensive, but a 3/8 or 1/2” steel plate can be had quite reasonably, especially if it’s used steel. The only one of these that I ever saw had a steel plate in the bottom. I wouldn’t use the flip out hardware. It isn’t heavy duty enough. Make the cabinet like the picture and put steel in the bottom.

Charley

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Sirgreggins

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#7 posted 07-27-2015 12:15 PM

Thanks for all the feedback. I’m glad everyone has steered me away from the specified hardware. I will use some heavy hinges or a large dowel for the pivoting of the drawer and a stop so the drawer doesn’t tip out too far. Also, thanks for the heads up on counterweight. Now that you guys mention it it’s obvious that one would be needed. I have access to lead and steel from my employer for free, but maybe steel is the better choice since there are no health risks associated with it. Thanks again!

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#8 posted 07-27-2015 12:33 PM

It’s very creative and very practical. Nice work.

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#9 posted 07-27-2015 01:03 PM

This is not exactly what you have but it may give an idea for the project
Anna White Sjoe dresser

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#10 posted 09-12-2015 12:12 PM

Ikea has quite a few of these now, we actually have one in our living room we purchased from there. They use plastic curved slides mounted to the inside of the sides.

After putting it together and using it I can offer some tips

1. This has to be bolted to the wall into studs. The tilt out function is handy, but as others mentioned the weight offset is tremendous. No way around that, and no amount of lead in the base is going to fix it either.

2. The plastic slide tracks could easily be routed. Then use wooden dowels to ride in the track. A well waxed track and even a plastic sleeve over the dowel would help. Would recommend detents in the track to hold it in place better in the open and closed position.

3. I would use laminated thin ply for the dividers. The plastic inserts in ours drive me nuts as they bend and are misformed now. But hey, it cost me less than 50.00 as it was a scratch/dent, and I would have spent double that in good lumber, time and hardware.

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