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JohnnyHopper
11-04-2004, 06:43 PM
I was just given a large 10? drawer 60" tall 44" wide cabinet that I believe is a Vidmar (because I found a key with that name under the bottom drawer). I was wondering if anyone here has any idea how the single drawer release mechanism works. I removed all the drawers and found only two peices of the system and half a spring. The lock is also missing, but I'm not worried about that feature yet. There is a long flared triangular beam/channel that is in the back right corner which I put back on it's pivots. On the top edge of the beam/bar/channel there is a welded on pin with a locking groove for some sort of linkage. I think I have the linkage, but I don't think it has all the parts on it still. I see how it catches on the drawer tabs, but I am having no luck reverse engineering the device. The lock hole is offset to the right and I can see that the linkage was a straight shot from the lock to the vertical beam because it blocked the paint when the cabinet was painted. I tried the Vidmar site, but their FAQ was useless. The only hit for "repair" was about their lunchbox. If all else fails, I will wing it and make it work with some coat hangers and duct tape http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif It's just that it's so nice, I really wanted to do it right and not end up opening it with a pry bar when the locking feature fails like on the lista ones I have at work.

jfsmith
11-05-2004, 01:00 AM
Here is their website, that is the best way I know of asking questions:

http://www.stanleyworks.com/bu_industrial_storage.asp