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  • Any ideas for low cost heavy drawer slides?

    Just looked (for periodic fun) at some new Lista cabinets on ebay. Wife says "build your own" so I jump over to Lee Valley to look at ball bearing slides. For slides rated at 400+ lbs as the Lista drawers are, you're in the $50 to $60 buck range per drawer set. Add adequate sheet steel or aluminum bottoms to the (already have raw stock) hardwood frames, handles and you're pretty darned close to Lista prices. Amazing.

    Anyone have any low cost slide ideas?

    Den

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    HDPE running on polished up angle iron.
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    • #3
      Being a woodworker who is just starting to learn metalworking, I finally found a post that I can reply to

      Unfortunatly, low cost and drawer slides do not go together!
      Even's angle/HDPE is probably the best option. If you can find some bed rail iron, it is thin, very hard and ridgid.

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      • #4
        I've got plenty of UHMW and never put 2+2 together

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        • #5
          I'd skip the plastic and go with small bearings. You can get them for less than a dollar each. With shipping, about $1.25 @. I've been getting mine from: www.vxb.com He also sells on eBay. He'll run special pricing once in a while so be sure to check all listings for the bearing you want. They'll be priced for 10 bearings in a tube or pack. The usual disclaimer applies. (No affiliation.)

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          • #6
            I got a pair of (IIRC) ~30" long, double acting, full roller drawer slides for $10 at a surplus store. These things should handle 400 lbs easily I think. Check surplus...
            Russ
            Master Floor Sweeper

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            • #7
              Channel Iron and rollers turned to fit.

              1" Channel Iron and rollers turned to fit. I made a seven drawer tool box this way for dad when I was in High School. The cabinet frame was 1" 16ga square tubing, and sheet steel was pop riveted on the sides, back and top. The rollers were made from oil field sucker rod and drilled and counter sunk for flat head machine screws as axels. Very crude, but we did not have a lathe at that school then (They bought one after I graduated): . We took it apart and moved it this Thanksgiving, the top drawer was heavy enough that it took two of us to pick it out and it still rolled relatively easy after 15 years and 200 lbs of hydraulic fittings in it. The two rollers under the bottom of the drawer at the front were drilled rod with angle iron brackets on both sides and a machine screw tacked in place through the roller. The rollers at the back of the drawer dropped into the channel iron through a flame cut out section of the top flange and were then secured until the drawer was fullly extended. Same principle as many kitchen cabinet drawers, especially the mobile home or camper grade drawers.

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              • #8
                How about angle iron, or maybe small channel or stamped "C" runners with cheap inline skate bearings for rollers? Turn a "tire" for it if desired. I say channel or "C" rather than angle iron because you have to keep it cantilevered to prevent it from dumping as you pull it out, and that seems the easiest way, though a bottom roller or finger would work as well.

                I may do this on my buggy for a pull out tool tray...
                Russ
                Master Floor Sweeper

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                • #9
                  The c-channel usually has tapered inside legs. Angle iron will work. Just put two strips back to back. Even flats will work and won't take up as much space. Make the bottom strip longer in front and weld a pin to the end to act as a stop. Mount three bearings on each side of the drawer. The back two bearings within about 4" of each other. That will be your extension stop. Lift the drawer up and over the pin to remove.

                  For full extension, you'll need to make a double slider. But hey, if you hang out here, you probably have a mill.

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                  • #10
                    Put "drawer slides" in a ebay search and I think you'll be amazed...I was! I have bought 60-80 slides off the flea bay ---from litlte dinkys to some big bad boys, --- I dont remember ever paying over $10 a set. Course its been bout a year since I've cked/bought any....may have totally changed by now, worth a shot though.
                    If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something........

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                    • #11
                      Recycled slides from a file cabinet are a possibility. File cabinets are often available free in the classified ads, on Freecycle or in the metal pile at the dump.
                      Location: Newtown, CT USA

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                      • #12
                        Regular structural channel has the tapered legs. That's why I said "channel or C". I don't know what it's called, but I've seen some "C" shaped steel that looks for all the world like square tube with one side cut out. Get that in ~14-16ga and you'll be good to go. Even with the taper, shouldn't be an issue that I can see. But certainly it could be constructed of multiple pieces of angle or strap.

                        And a double extension would be a bit fiddly to make, but you can easily get full extension if you sacrifice some dead space at the rear of the shelf. Just extend the sides a bit past the rear wall. This is my plan for the buggy since the gas tank sump is right back there and I can’t use it for shelf anyway...
                        Russ
                        Master Floor Sweeper

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                        • #13
                          The stuff I have seen like BadDog posts was made of aluminum, and used as an edge treatment for plywood, etc. I would look at the surplus dealers, they usually have something that you can use. Also, the "uni-strut" type stuff, in short length is pretty stiff, and there are ball bearing rollers ($alty) that are rated up to 600 lb each (IIRC) that run in the channel.

                          Don't know on which side of the US/Canada border you are, and as much as I have done biz with Lee Valley (an outstanding company), I personnal have a slight problem with buying Made in USA products from a Canadian retailer, if you follow my "roun-da-boot" logic.
                          Today I will gladly share my experience and advice, for there no sweeter words than "I told you so."

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                          • #14
                            I built about 3 dozen utility cases for the back of news cars to hold their cameras. I used a L channel as used for suspended ceiling and they offer just enough friction to keeop them from opening and closing while driveing but yet very easy to pull open. Made the drawers out of baltic birch 8ply. How much weight are you planing on putting in each drawer?
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                            • #15
                              I personnal have a slight problem with buying Made in USA products from a Canadian retailer, if you follow my "roun-da-boot" logic.
                              Why? The US and Canada are each other's best customer.
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