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1thumb

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10-26-2020 04:12 PM

They’ll be 22” deep with enough width for 3 rows of files w/6 hanging bars, looking like approx 40”. 1/2” ply, Heavy duty slides, cut grooves, drop a piece of aluminum for hang rod and call it done. No big deal right?


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 10-26-2020 04:51 PM

Be sure to make them deep enough that you have clearance for those little plastic tabs on the top of the file folders (don’t ask).

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#2 posted 10-26-2020 04:57 PM



Be sure to make them deep enough that you have clearance for those little plastic tabs on the top of the file folders (don t ask).

- Fred Hargis

Haha! I know exactly what you mean! I made some and forgot about that. Even though I left some default clearance it now sounds like the old “playing card in the bicycle spokes” when opening and closing the drawer.

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1thumb

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#3 posted 10-26-2020 05:13 PM



Be sure to make them deep enough that you have clearance for those little plastic tabs on the top of the file folders (don t ask).

- Fred Hargis


Thanks. I won’t ask

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SMP

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#4 posted 10-26-2020 05:22 PM


Be sure to make them deep enough that you have clearance for those little plastic tabs on the top of the file folders (don t ask).

- Fred Hargis

Thanks. I won t ask

- 1thumb

Also since you say 3 rows wide, make sure to leave enough space between for the metal hooks on whatever folders you get. Some brands have a loose hook bar that can slide over, some are attached. You are going to want around 1” between each frame.

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#5 posted 10-27-2020 02:24 AM

Be sure to counterweight or attach it to the wall to keep it from tipping.

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#6 posted 10-27-2020 05:05 PM

I have done that on single wide drawers and it works fine. I used 1/8” x 1/2” aluminum bar.
Doing so on a drawer wide enough for 3 rows is going to make the drawer heavy so make sure you have drawer slides that will support the weight and they should be full extension type. As Madmark said, beware of it tipping over when open.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#7 posted 10-27-2020 06:25 PM

DOnt forget a lot of drawer slides have tabs on them so you bend so you can correct slight errors in alignment.

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#8 posted 10-27-2020 10:39 PM

Speaking from past experience, I’d suggest buying the hangers first and doing a mock up of the drawer just to confirm everything. Otherwise you might have a drawer that isn’t quite the right size for the hanging folders and you wind up sort of stacking them in a sort of diagonal heap….. did I tell you I’m speaking from experience? Just wanted to be sure.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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