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Old 01-09-2010, 07:53 PM
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I finished these up this morning. I'm in the middle of another job now but got sick and tired of moving systainers. Not to mention that I had a lot of wasted space underneath the ms wings. I plan on building one more to replace the cabinet that my kapex sits on now. I've got enough left over slides,shelves and ply to do so and I'll just use the casters off the old cabinet.
I took some ideas from some FOG members - the mounting of the slides and the mft top. The drawer slides are attached to stock that has a tongue on each end. Those pieces slide in a groove that is in the back of the carcass and the ff. I cut thin pieces of stock that fit in the grooves to work as spacers. This was Roger's (from FOG) idea and I thought it was a great one. It makes the movement and placement of the shelves (when/if) I ever need to do so extremely easy. The backs are flat so that if I want to I can put these back to back and have a work surface that is approx. 30"X 40".
I made 15 of the shelves but only used 9. They have dowels in all four corners to locate and lock the systainers in place.
I think the cost was fairly reasonable, considering I'll essentially get 3 sysports out of all of this.
2 sheets of 3/4" ply - $80
8 casters - $96
15 slides - $55
Paint - $35
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Old 01-09-2010, 08:16 PM
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Really, really nice, Russell. Is there any chance of those thin pieces that you use as spacers falling out of the slots?
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Nope. For one thing I milled them to be really snug. Secondly, the weight of the drawer, systainer and slides keeps them in place.
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Very nice! I don't quite get how the pieces that hold the drawer slides are attached to the cabinet?
That is a great space saver & extra work surface.
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I don't think that they are attached, Ron. The ends of the drawer-glide pieces have tongues that sit in vertical grooves in the front and back of the carcass. They can slide up and down freely, but they sit on thin pieces of stock that sit in the grooves. Very clever design. Very adjustable, but no need for holes or pins. Just four pieces of thin stock that are all the same length.
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They can slide up and down freely, but they sit on thin pieces of stock that sit in the grooves. Very clever design. Very adjustable, but no need for holes or pins. Just four pieces of thin stock that are all the same length.
The clever part is that you can easily rearrange the shelves just by shuffling the spacers in the grooves. On a Sysport you can do the same thing by un-clipping the rails and moving them around, but it's not that easy to get them loose.
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I don't think that they are attached, Ron. The ends of the drawer-glide pieces have tongues that sit in vertical grooves in the front and back of the carcass. They can slide up and down freely, but they sit on thin pieces of stock that sit in the grooves. Very clever design. Very adjustable, but no need for holes or pins. Just four pieces of thin stock that are all the same length.
So the close fit between the ends of the strips and also the close fit of the ends of the drawer glides is what keeps them from tipping when the systainer is cantilevered in the "out" position -- very clever design!
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I think it's mostly the weight/wedge of the next set of spacers above that keeps them from tipping. And presumably the top set of spacers is tight against the top of the Sysport.
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I think it's mostly the weight/wedge of the next set of spacers above that keeps them from tipping. And presumably the top set of spacers is tight against the top of the Sysport.
Ahhh, OK -- It's coming to me, it's a heavy med day.
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So the close fit between the ends of the strips and also the close fit of the ends of the drawer glides is what keeps them from tipping when the systainer is cantilevered in the "out" position -- very clever design!
It's an extremely clever design....that's why I borrowed it. It's not that I plan on changing the placement of the shelves that often but it at least affords me that option should I choose to do so. Additionally, the initial set up was cake - I simply installed the bottom shelf, loaded it with the systainer then then measured from the top of the tongue to the top of the systainer and that gave me the spacer length.
I plan on building one more to replace the cab that my Kapex is currently on. That will allow me to house all of my systainers and have a little extra room in case I add any in the future
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