What kind of pivoting hardware to use?

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Forum topic by jayman7 posted 04-13-2021 11:31 AM 261 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-13-2021 11:31 AM

I’m designing and building a shoe rack similar to the picture attached. Does anyone know what kind of hardware would be appropriate to use? I’m googling pivoting tilting hardware and I’m not getting any luck. Or do you have any ideas how to design the pivoting mechanism without specialized hardware? Thanks!

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#1 posted 04-13-2021 02:12 PM

Maybe a short dowel protruding from the “drawer” running in a stopped, arc-shaped routed channel?

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#2 posted 04-13-2021 02:21 PM

I think the main question will be do you want to be able to pop the “drawers” out and reinsert? Or are you ok with it being built to not take apart?

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#3 posted 04-13-2021 02:35 PM

I would suggest shoulder bolts and threaded inserts if you want to be able to remove the shelves. If you don’t need to remove them, you could thread the case sides for the shoulder bolts.

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#4 posted 04-13-2021 02:38 PM

A couple of brass or steel pins will work.

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#5 posted 04-13-2021 03:58 PM

If you use metric you can get drills in like 5.1mm for one hole and 5mm for the other to use 5mm shelf pins. They fit with a bit of friction in 5mm holes. They’ll work better with plastic washers inserted between the drawers and the standards. You can also get metal 5mm grommets for a larger hole.

I’m thinking it looks rather tricky to put together but it may be as simple as having a friend hold the drawer in the exact position and pushing a pin in. You could probably glue the plastic washer to one side, if you decide to use one.

or you could use something like this. or this.

or this?

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#6 posted 04-13-2021 04:34 PM

Here’s another idea. Put a threaded insert into the side of the drawer for a metal screw that will fit into one of the grommets I mentioned above. They’re available in 5mm and 1/4” sizes. The screw becomes your pin and it shouldn’t wiggle out this way.

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