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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 10-25-2020 08:36 PM 507 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is just a story…. of a heavy cabinet and a guy out of his element.
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The other day, perusing facebook marketplace, I came across a lady who had a file cabinet to give away. Not usually interested in file cabinets but this one had a lot of drawers. They were for storing large file cards. I’m thinking, “That could come in handy for all the smaller stuff I’ve got around crowding the existing drawers and cabinets I currently have.
I met her at a storage locker. A guy was there before me picking up something. She asks him to hang around to help load the cabinet in my truck. He says that he’s got an appointment so I think, “it’s just a file cabinet” and tell him I can handle it. My mistake. When I go to move it I’d swear it was bolted to the ground. After quite awhile I managed to load it into my truck. I tried an embarrassingly large number of times in different ways. I surely don’t mind lifting anything. It never has bothered me, but in the past ten years, at 65, things are getting heavier. I managed to get it in the back of my F-150 and tell her that she was right and I made a mistake letting they guy go. She just gave me an agreeing stare. Also, it doesn’t help that every truck I get, the tailgate seems to be eight inches higher than the previous one.
When I got it home I only had to get it out of the truck and up 4 steps to my garrison workshop over the in-ground garage. Gravity helped getting it down off the tailgate but it ended with a thud. Going up the steps was a lesson in the foolish meets the ridiculous.
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I went into the house to find the cabinet online. I found it at an office supply store and discovered that it weighed in at 278 pounds. I put it on it’s back on a plank on the steps. I squatted with my back to it and pushed with my legs. It felt just like the thing was filled with bricks. It felt that dense.
I swore, I gave up a few times, laughing by myself, sitting on the steps with my back to the bottom of the cabinet. After about thirty minutes I only had to flip it upright. I won’t even mention how pathetic that was.

I’m glad I got it. I’ve got so much stuff to put in it. It’s a commercial piece of office furniture. The drawers hold 150 lbs. each and the extend out the full length. But, I earned it.
I don’t anticipate it falling over with drawers extended. If I sat on the drawer it wouldn’t budge. Right now, empty it still feels bolted to the floor.
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-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.



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Madmark2

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#1 posted 10-25-2020 09:08 PM

Did you take the counterweight out of the bottom/back? It was added to long pull drawer cabinets to prevent tipping.

Nice find.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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Craftsman on the lake

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#2 posted 10-25-2020 09:46 PM



Did you take the counterweight out of the bottom/back? It was added to long pull drawer cabinets to prevent tipping.

Nice find.

- Madmark2

Ahhh…. no….. I went out to the shop to look. There is a space at the bottom (as can be seen in the picture) but I didn’t see any way to get to it. No removable covers inside or outside that I can see. But if there is such a thing then, my three stooges endeavor just became more stoogy. !!!
So that’s where all the weight is. I wondered as the metal is certainly not thin but it couldn’t comprise all that mass.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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poopiekat

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#3 posted 10-25-2020 10:43 PM

Hey there… I’m so glad you posted this!!
In the spring I answered an ad for a cabinet that I really had to have. It was 24” wide, 54” high and ten drawers.
The man said he was on disability, and couldn’t help me load it. I figured.. a file cabinet isn’t that heavy, how much could this possibly weigh? My god that thing was heavy!!
Then, I found a similar cabinet, 18w and 46 hi, at H4H with 6 drawers, same construction. Both times I thought I wrecked my back for good!
Once home, I knew I’d have to carry down the drawers separately. So, I pressure washed them inside and out. The smaller one needed paint, and they both were loaded with stickers. Goo Gone!! Then, I discovered that the middle compound slides would roll right out once the drawers were removed! That made it tolerable for me to get each of them downstairs to my shop. The big one has all my screws in it, well sorted, the smaller one has some surplus tools in it for now.

The large one is marked “Kodak Film File”, the smaller one is Herman Miller Co. Both are lacking an interlock to prevent more than one drawer open at a time!
You are so right, these are deceptively heavy.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#4 posted 10-25-2020 11:01 PM

Dan, I have the metal separators that fit in the grooves, if you need them!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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Craftsman on the lake

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#5 posted 10-25-2020 11:13 PM



Dan, I have the metal separators that fit in the grooves, if you need them!

- poopiekat

Thanks, this one has rows of slots with separators that move forward and back ward by squeezing a clip and sliding them. Once you let go of the clip it locks into place. It really is a nice cabinet. New, online at office depot it lists for $949.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Craftsman on the lake

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#6 posted 10-26-2020 01:23 AM



Hey there… I m so glad you posted this!!
In the spring I answered an ad for a cabinet that I really had to have. It was 24” wide, 54” high and ten drawers.
The man said he was on disability, and couldn t help me load it. I figured.. a file cabinet isn t that heavy, how much could this possibly weigh? My god that thing was heavy!!
Then, I found a similar cabinet, 18w and 46 hi, at H4H with 6 drawers, same construction. Both times I thought I wrecked my back for good!
Once home, I knew I d have to carry down the drawers separately. So, I pressure washed them inside and out. The smaller one needed paint, and they both were loaded with stickers. Goo Gone!! Then, I discovered that the middle compound slides would roll right out once the drawers were removed! That made it tolerable for me to get each of them downstairs to my shop. The big one has all my screws in it, well sorted, the smaller one has some surplus tools in it for now.

The large one is marked “Kodak Film File”, the smaller one is Herman Miller Co. Both are lacking an interlock to prevent more than one drawer open at a time!
You are so right, these are deceptively heavy.

- poopiekat

I’m looking forward to not filling it up too much because I know it will fill up fast enough! And you understand. Like I said, I could have sworn the thing was filled with bricks. Amazingly heavy for what it looks like.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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sansoo22

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#7 posted 10-26-2020 01:51 AM

This made me laugh. I stopped at a random estate sale once and was super excited to find a unit similar to yours. This one had side by side drawers on it for a TON of storage. I thought it would be awesome in the basement where i want to setup an area for working on old planes and hand tools.

I went over to the cabinet to try and just tip it a little to gauge how much it weighed. I think I heard it laugh at my efforts. Needless to say that by myself there was no way I was getting it in the bed of my truck and still live long enough to get it home.

I can only imagine the struggle to get that thing loaded, unloaded, and pushed up the stairs into your garage. Be proud of that thing and take good care of it because I doubt you want to move it back out.

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Craftsman on the lake

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#8 posted 10-26-2020 02:17 AM


I can only imagine the struggle to get that thing loaded, unloaded, and pushed up the stairs into your garage. Be proud of that thing and take good care of it because I doubt you want to move it back out.

- sansoo22

I don’t think it will ever damage. It’s built like a tank… and about the same weight.. ;-)

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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1965scooper

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#9 posted 10-26-2020 03:34 AM

For your next trick, find a four or five-drawer, FIREPROOF filing cabinet. Many times they come with a combination lock that will require the services of a locksmith to reset. I recall they tip the scale somewhere in the 600 lb. range, empty.

Moving one of these beasts, anywhere, will let you know the identity of your true friends. Or, look for local piano movers and stand aside while the experts grunt and groan that cabinet to a place where it will never move again.

-- 1965 Scooper

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poopiekat

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#10 posted 10-28-2020 09:24 PM



For your next trick, find a four or five-drawer, FIREPROOF filing cabinet. Many times they come with a combination lock that will require the services of a locksmith to reset. I recall they tip the scale somewhere in the 600 lb. range, empty.

Moving one of these beasts, anywhere, will let you know the identity of your true friends. Or, look for local piano movers and stand aside while the experts grunt and groan that cabinet to a place where it will never move again.

- 1965scooper


Yes, I do remember helping move one, a legal size 4-drawer fireproof one, for a Real Estate office. It blew out both pneumatic tires on the hand truck we were using. Thankx for reminding me of that day, Scooper!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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GR8HUNTER

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#11 posted 10-28-2020 11:07 PM

GRATZ on your beautiful new cabinet tank :<)))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#12 posted 10-29-2020 10:17 PM

Nice score! I have one of those, but ten drawers for 3X5 cards. I took all the dividers out, since I’m using it for tools.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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