Help! Hanging a set of drawers from a table top?

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02-19-2011 06:44 AM

Topic tags/keywords: reclaimed fir desk drawers metal frame question

Hi guys/gals,
Lookin for a little help in this one….

I’ve welded a metal desk frame of 1” square tubing and have attached a 3/4” reclaimed fir top to it. I want to attach a a set of two drawers (stacked vertically) to the left side of the desk. The drawer set will be made of birch ply, then claded with reclaimed fir in exposed areas. Does any experienced craftsman have any ideas of how to hang the set of drawers from the top? They won’t be attached to the legs at all, and I am worried about screwing them into the 3/4 top because it’s so thin.


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#1 posted 02-19-2011 05:08 PM

You’ve got an interesting challenge. Glue could save the day if you can attach a couple of strips with the grain, underneath, and then you’d have 1/5 inches to sink a screw into. If that troubled you, you could install teenuts in this strips (four would be enough) and then screw into that.

The strips could be glued and clamped with screws provided you had a clean smooth surface to adhere to.



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#2 posted 02-19-2011 05:45 PM

I faced a similar problem with my lathe stand . My solution was to route channels in the bottom and glue the verticals into the bottom of the table. I had more to work with than you do so I made the channels 1/2” deep. It’s been almost 3 years now and it is still holding. My biggest concern was the length of this sagging with the weight of the lathe on it. The drawer frame and drawer separators act like a torsion box. Again, 3 years and no sag to be detected with a straight edge.

With 3/4” I would route channels about 3/8” deep and reinforce the inside corners with glue blocks.

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#3 posted 02-19-2011 05:51 PM

If you have more square tube, could you not add an extra cross-piece the correct distance from the left-hand side, and attach the drawer support verticals to it and the existing left-hand tube?

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#4 posted 02-19-2011 08:33 PM

Thanks for your help guys, these are all great responses.
EEngineer that is a beautiful lathe stand! My drawers are going to be stacked vertically however, Im not sure that would work in this case.
I think I would weld a support on or use the strips and teenuts.

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