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Old 08-01-2012, 02:26 PM
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Default DIY Formply Drawer System

I am going to attempt to build my own drawer system using 12mm Formply. I've got some great ideas from the forum. Thanks in advance.

Ideas came from a lot of threads but I especially like

My custom drawers

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I am not using drawer runners as I would like to maximize space.

The right side is for my 50Lt Waeco which will sit on the Waeco fridge slide

Please raise any areas that I may have overlooked.

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Here is a drawing for the bottom drawer.

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Just my small point: you have the drawers the exact size of the hole that it sits in. I would make it maybe 3mm to 5mm smaller for clearance.
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draws are a nice idea but after seeing someone fight to get the bugger closed when stopped on a hillside, will stick to my lift top box
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ive seen first hand someone build a set of draws without a slide on them, once they are packed full of the usual junk. they are dam heavy to move and he ended up putting in a slide.
so imo id be putting slides into them. your probably going to loose 25mm max and swmbo will love you for it.
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I used strips of ply as runners on the bottom of the draw cavity. Every now and then i give them a rub with some soap. Works great, doesnt rattle and doesnt need to be locked closed.
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I've used one guys that had used the plastic tongue of structural floor as the slide Worked well.
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I've used one guys that had used the plastic tongue of structural floor as the slide Worked well.
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i used to melt candle wax over the bottom of mine. loaded with **** they were movable, saved me 150 buks on heavy duty runners.
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ive seen first hand someone build a set of draws without a slide on them, once they are packed full of the usual junk. they are dam heavy to move and he ended up putting in a slide.
so imo id be putting slides into them. your probably going to loose 25mm max and swmbo will love you for it.
Maybe if simply running plywood against plywood but there are two great options to have heavy loaded drawers work just as good as sliders.

Glue 2 small strips of hardwood between the bottom of your drawer and the base and wax them. Even better is to use strips of Teflon coated plastic on contact sliding area (top and bottom of drawers). I'd groove the base to recess the strips in the base, that way you don't waste any space.

You can also cut some openings at the back of your cabinet to avoid the suction effect as you open or close your drawers and save some weight (barely though).

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glue some laminex/ strips on the base and cut up a PTFE cutting boards into strips and screw on the bottom edges of the drawer with a wipe of lanolin, or as someone on the draw build posts make your own slides, some skateboard/ roller skate bearings through bolted to the box frame, and some maybe 8mm flat bar screwed to the side of the drawer. Bar sits on top of and runs on the outer bearings.. just need two rows of bearings, top and bottom, number depending on weight, Bearings are about $2 each. flat bar about $25 odd, some assorted c'sunk and pan head metal thread bolts and nuts.
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Thanks for the replies guys, some great ideas, cheers


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