Removing drawers from Filing cabinet

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  1. Donwill

    Donwill Guest

    I have an Ostaline 2 drawer grey metal filing cabinet, I need to remove
    the drawers to make some mods to the case. Does anyone know if there is
    a little catch or toggle that releases the slide to remove drawers. I
    don't want to damage the mechanism by being a bit rough with it.
    Don
    Donwill, Feb 1, 2010
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    Tim Watts Guest

    Donwill <>
    wibbled on Monday 01 February 2010 16:26

    > I have an Ostaline 2 drawer grey metal filing cabinet, I need to remove
    > the drawers to make some mods to the case. Does anyone know if there is
    > a little catch or toggle that releases the slide to remove drawers. I
    > don't want to damage the mechanism by being a bit rough with it.
    > Don


    Usually some little wibbly catch on the rails. Sometimes next to the drawer
    end, sometimes halfway down where the two halves of the rail join. One on
    each side.

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    Tim Watts, Feb 1, 2010
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    John Guest

    "Tim Watts" <> wrote in message
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    > Donwill <>
    > wibbled on Monday 01 February 2010 16:26
    >
    >> I have an Ostaline 2 drawer grey metal filing cabinet, I need to remove
    >> the drawers to make some mods to the case. Does anyone know if there is
    >> a little catch or toggle that releases the slide to remove drawers. I
    >> don't want to damage the mechanism by being a bit rough with it.
    >> Don

    >
    > Usually some little wibbly catch on the rails. Sometimes next to the
    > drawer
    > end, sometimes halfway down where the two halves of the rail join. One on
    > each side.
    >
    > --
    > Tim Watts
    >
    > Managers, politicians and environmentalists: Nature's carbon buffer.
    >

    Some drawers lift off the rail / runner.
    John, Feb 1, 2010
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  4. On Mon, 01 Feb 2010 16:26:52 +0000, Donwill
    <> wrote:

    >I have an Ostaline 2 drawer grey metal filing cabinet, I need to remove
    >the drawers to make some mods to the case. Does anyone know if there is
    >a little catch or toggle that releases the slide to remove drawers. I
    >don't want to damage the mechanism by being a bit rough with it.
    >Don


    Assuming filing cabinets are made the way theye were when I worked in
    an office then pull the drawer right out ( but watch it doesn't tip
    over if it is top heavy) then check if there is a catch on the runners
    ...one at each side and if there is then poperate the catch and the
    drawer should pull out the runners ....or if not see if there is a gap
    in the moving runner that coincides with a lip on the drawer runner
    and tip the drawer up at that point and it should lift out .
    Usenet Nutter, Feb 1, 2010
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  5. Donwill wrote:
    > I have an Ostaline 2 drawer grey metal filing cabinet, I need to
    > remove the drawers to make some mods to the case. Does anyone know if
    > there is a little catch or toggle that releases the slide to remove
    > drawers. I don't want to damage the mechanism by being a bit rough
    > with it.


    Angle grinder.


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    www.medwayhandyman.co.uk
    The Medway Handyman, Feb 1, 2010
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  6. Donwill

    Donwill Guest

    The Medway Handyman wrote:
    > Donwill wrote:
    >
    >> I have an Ostaline 2 drawer grey metal filing cabinet, I need to
    >> remove the drawers to make some mods to the case. Does anyone know if
    >> there is a little catch or toggle that releases the slide to remove
    >> drawers. I don't want to damage the mechanism by being a bit rough
    >> with it.
    >>

    >
    > Angle grinder.
    >
    >
    >

    It may come to that since I cannot find anything that remotely looks
    like a toggle or a catch gismo.
    Don
    Donwill, Feb 1, 2010
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  7. In message <>, Donwill
    <> writes
    >I have an Ostaline 2 drawer grey metal filing cabinet, I need to remove
    >the drawers to make some mods to the case. Does anyone know if there is
    >a little catch or toggle that releases the slide to remove drawers. I
    >don't want to damage the mechanism by being a bit rough with it.
    >Don


    Just to be different, the drawers on one of mine are screwed to the
    runners at the sides. Probably only applies to wooden cabinets though.

    The metal cabinets have catches at the front of the runners.
    --
    Peter

    Ying tong iddle-i po!
    Peter Twydell, Feb 1, 2010
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  8. Donwill wrote:

    >The Medway Handyman wrote:


    >> Angle grinder.
    >>

    >It may come to that since I cannot find anything that remotely looks
    >like a toggle or a catch gismo.


    Perhaps if you were to put some detail photos on line somewhere
    we might be able to make suggestions. Whilst not impossible, I
    don't think the easiest construction methods would make the
    drawers permanent.

    One of mine has little plastic devices for release, but the
    cheaper one simply has metal tabs on the slides locating in slots
    in the drawer.

    Chris
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    Have dancing shoes, will ceilidh.
    Chris J Dixon, Feb 2, 2010
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  9. Donwill

    Donwill Guest

    Donwill wrote:
    > I have an Ostaline 2 drawer grey metal filing cabinet, I need to
    > remove the drawers to make some mods to the case. Does anyone know if
    > there is a little catch or toggle that releases the slide to remove
    > drawers. I don't want to damage the mechanism by being a bit rough
    > with it.
    > Don

    Thanks for all the helpful suggestions , I got them out in the end.
    For anyone wanting to do the same with a similar cabinet :-
    For each drawer, there were two small push-fit black plastic covers that
    hid metal tags protruding upwards from the front of the metal runners.
    These tags were located into slots in the upside down U channels that
    are positioned at the sides of the base of the drawer.
    The tags were slightly twisted to hold the drawer on to the slides and
    slight untwisting with a pliers and a gentle tap on the tags released
    the drawers.

    Many thanks
    Don
    Donwill, Feb 3, 2010
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  10. John L wrote:

    >In article <>,
    > Donwill <> wrote:
    >
    >> Thanks for all the helpful suggestions , I got them out in the end.
    >> For anyone wanting to do the same with a similar cabinet :-
    >> For each drawer, there were two small push-fit black plastic covers that
    >> hid metal tags protruding upwards from the front of the metal runners.
    >> These tags were located into slots in the upside down U channels that
    >> are positioned at the sides of the base of the drawer.
    >> The tags were slightly twisted to hold the drawer on to the slides and
    >> slight untwisting with a pliers and a gentle tap on the tags released
    >> the drawers.

    >
    >Blimey. Looks like we were all wrong then, afaicr. The lengths people
    >will go to, to protect us from ourselves! :)
    >

    I thought I was close with my second option:

    >One of mine has little plastic devices for release, but the
    >cheaper one simply has metal tabs on the slides locating in slots
    >in the drawer.


    Glad it got sorted without weapons of mass destruction.

    Chris
    --
    Chris J Dixon Nottingham UK


    Have dancing shoes, will ceilidh.
    Chris J Dixon, Feb 3, 2010
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    judyg

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    I know its a long time since this original question was posted but thanks, I've just had same problem getting drawers out, as I thought an important file had lodged underneath the drawers! Got drawer out with aid of pliers and hammer as suggested-yay! Unfortunately after all that effort the 'file' I could see turned out to be an old piece of cardboard!!! Not funny, and still no idea where the file is!!! Ho Hum!!!
    judyg, Aug 16, 2011
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