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Forum topic by netgeek posted 10-26-2015 01:00 AM 438 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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netgeek

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10-26-2015 01:00 AM

I am designing a stand alone 2 drawer lateral filing cabinet for my home office.

The only thing I am having problems with is I do not want it to tip over when I open the drawers.
The frame will be made of 3/4” oak plywood with casters. A friend mentioned cantilevered drawer slides. Anyone have any sources for these type of drawer slides?


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conifur

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#1 posted 10-26-2015 01:05 AM

Try WoodCraft or Rockler.

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jerryminer

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#2 posted 10-26-2015 01:55 AM

Tipping will be an issue unless you can anchor it somehow (to the wall, floor, adjacent cabinet,... something)

Ballast—-like a bunch of lead shot in the base—-may do it

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Fred Hargis

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#3 posted 10-26-2015 01:35 PM

Consider using an anti-tip lock system. I used one on a 2 drawer lateral file cabinet I built some years ago, and it really works well….plus in all those years the cabinet hasn’t tipped over. On a regular cabinet it may not be as effective, but it will still help.

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Yonak

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#4 posted 10-26-2015 02:27 PM

It seems to me tipping wouldn’t be an issue unless both drawers were pulled out at the same time. ..And wouldn’t that be the case for all such file cabinets ?

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Fred Hargis

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#5 posted 10-26-2015 04:06 PM

That’s what the anti-tipping lat hes prevent, only one drawer can be opened at a time. But if the opened drawer is loaded (or very heavy) and the closed drawer is empty (or has a light load) the cabinet might still tip. Putting something heavy on top also helps, we have a printer on ours.

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