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Forum topic by Mark Shultz posted 09-14-2017 02:06 PM 405 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mark Shultz

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09-14-2017 02:06 PM

I’

m wondering if anyone has ever built a filing cabinet, and if they have recommendations on the file support apparatus? I recently “finished” a set of bookcases above cabinets (haven’t yet put doors on the cabinets, nor finalized what goes in the cabinets). I’d like to replace the file folder and computer that’s shown in the picture with a custom file folder setup, but with 2 levels (to double the storage space). 2 sets of files would fit, but seems like i need to make a custom piece. then i need to figure out how to pull it out, as the files will be heavy – maybe too much for most drawer pulls/rails?


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Kazooman

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#1 posted 09-14-2017 02:26 PM

I built a desk with a single width file drawer (that fulfills the new experience requirement for posting replies). Regular full extension Accuride drawer supports worked great. You can get the drawer supports with several load specs. Just be sure that the supports you mount them to are also up to the task.

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#2 posted 09-14-2017 02:40 PM

I built a file cabinet and used slides like these:

https://www.accuride.com/en-us/products/4034

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AlaskaGuy

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#3 posted 09-14-2017 04:09 PM

If it were me I’d put in a couple of lateral file drawers in that space. Asuming there enough height for 2 . You didn’t tells us the dimensions of the opening so it hard to to give specifics.

https://www.google.com/search?q=File+drawer+sizes&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwio8OTahaXWAhUH92MKHf1PBeQQsAQIYQ&biw=1536&bih=710

The Hardware that tdwilli1 points to will work

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jbay

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#4 posted 09-14-2017 04:14 PM

I’ve never done file drawers before, but it looks like the ones mentioned would be good for something like that.

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AlaskaGuy

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#5 posted 09-14-2017 04:34 PM



I ve never done file drawers before, but it looks like the ones mentioned would be good for something like that.

- jbay


In this case a lateral file drawer would be the easiest. There are other options depending on the file hanging system you want.

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Mark Shultz

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#6 posted 09-14-2017 05:30 PM

interesting options. looks like there are strong enough drawer supports, and maybe the trick for hanging is just proper spacing of a bar of metal on either side to hold the folders. in order to do an over/under setup vs a side by side setup i may have to get creative, but his is a good start.

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#7 posted 09-15-2017 02:58 PM

I just finished a file cabinet-like project for my sanding equipment (I really should get some pics and post them here). I built it to hold those plastic, milk crate, file things (like this), but I could easily have just made a drawer to hold the file folders (they are a great way to store sandpaper).

I used full extension drawer slides from Menard’s. Haven’t had any problems with the weight.

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#8 posted 09-15-2017 03:02 PM



interesting options. looks like there are strong enough drawer supports, and maybe the trick for hanging is just proper spacing of a bar of metal on either side to hold the folders. in order to do an over/under setup vs a side by side setup i may have to get creative, but his is a good start.

- Mark Shultz

Check Woodworker’s Hardware. they have the rails like Alaska Guy used, and they also have stuff that allows you to go side by side in a lateral drawer. I’ve used both and like that simple rail for the hanging folders.

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bondogaposis

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#9 posted 09-15-2017 05:29 PM

Drawer slides have a load rating. Just get some that are rated adequately. Like you said file drawers get heavy.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#10 posted 09-16-2017 02:21 AM

Use two pairs of drawer slides. I had the option to add such to my toolbox at work, makes a big difference on ease of pulling out the drawer. Also use this in the shop for what I think is heavier than normal, and yes I tend to overbuild things. LOL

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AlaskaGuy

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#11 posted 09-16-2017 03:26 AM



Use two pairs of drawer slides. I had the option to add such to my toolbox at work, makes a big difference on ease of pulling out the drawer. Also use this in the shop for what I think is heavier than normal, and yes I tend to overbuild things. LOL

- woodbutcherbynight


I’m glad you added “yes I tend to overbuild things. LOL”

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jbay

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#12 posted 09-16-2017 03:30 AM


Use two pairs of drawer slides. I had the option to add such to my toolbox at work, makes a big difference on ease of pulling out the drawer. Also use this in the shop for what I think is heavier than normal, and yes I tend to overbuild things. LOL

- woodbutcherbynight

I m glad you added “yes I tend to overbuild things. LOL”

- AlaskaGuy


Yeah, I was going to say, no need for 2 pairs.
The Accurides tdwilli1 posted above would be plenty.
I don’t think your file drawer full of files is going to weigh 150lbs.

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#13 posted 09-16-2017 04:04 AM

When I built my file cabinets I used these they work fine and are easy to install.

http://www.rockler.com/folder-hanger-easy-slip-on

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