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Old 01-28-2011, 08:30 AM   #1
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Default Sliding drawer within a drawer?

I keep my sockets in a deep drawer in my bottom rollaway. The deep well sockets wont stand up in the shallow drawers, but there's a good bit of wasted space in the deep drawer. I was thinking of making a sliding drawer to fit on the side walls, about 1/2 as wide as the drawer that could slide back and forth on top of the sides, so I wouldn't lose access to the sockets below. My initial thoughts were simply some plywood with UHMW (slippery plastic) to ride on the side walls, but now I'm thinking of braking some sheet metal. Anyone do something like this? (Or understand what the hell I'm saying?)
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Old 01-28-2011, 08:38 AM   #2
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Default Re: Sliding drawer within a drawer?

Snap-on (as well as others) have drawer trays like you describe....shouldn't be too hard to bend one up...



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Old 01-28-2011, 08:41 AM   #3
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I understand the idea, and its not a bad one. My only concern would be, as soon as you put some tall stuff in the drawer, the tray will no longer have anywhere to slide to.

Would it waste less space to move the sockets up to a shallow drawer and lay the deep sockets flat? Or maybe at an angel?
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Old 01-28-2011, 08:50 AM   #4
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It's a great idea and I could use a few of them if I could find them to fit Craftsman drawers.
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Snap-on (as well as others) have drawer trays like you describe....shouldn't be too hard to bend one up...


That's the ticket! Don't have a brake, but I think I can shape one up. Thanks
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Old 01-28-2011, 12:09 PM   #6
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It's a great idea and I could use a few of them if I could find them to fit Craftsman drawers.
Ditto... I could use some of those for Craftsman drawers. Nice idea.
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Old 01-30-2011, 11:45 AM   #7
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Snap-on (as well as others) have drawer trays like you describe....shouldn't be too hard to bend one up...


I have one of these trays in my truck toolbox, use it to hold my wrenches and I love it.
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Old 02-03-2011, 06:13 PM   #8
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Default Re: Sliding drawer within a drawer?

do you mean something like this
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Old 02-04-2011, 07:27 AM   #9
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Default Re: Sliding drawer within a drawer?

I threw this together last weekend from a piece of galv sheetmetal I found in my shop. A little lube on the rails and it moves great, takes up little space, freed up anothe drawer, and gets my ratchets with my sockets.


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Looks good

I'm gonna give it a shot.
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Old 07-28-2011, 05:40 PM   #11
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You could also try teflon since it has the lowest co-efficient of friction of any other plastic, however it is a little more expensive and hard to come by these days. UHMW is great as well because it has better wear resistance then the teflon and should last along time. Both materials however should be great. Try http://www.iplasticsupply.com/ or http://hightechplastics.com/
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Here's my snappy, very handy!

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