Making 18 gauge drawers

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Making 18 gauge drawers

Post by Vern2 » Thu Jun 24, 2010 2:36 pm

Did a search, nothing came up.

Don't want to weld drawers up. The drawers are going at far end of lathe table, 19" wide drawers, very from 4" to 6" tall. Only about 16" long. Is there any info on making sheet metal drawers?

Grizzly has a 24" http://www.grizzly.com/products/24-Box- ... rake/G0557

I found this on tube video. Will this break make 20" drawers? Or is it to small?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ytczt75-tqw

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Re: Making 16 gage drawers

Post by Vern2 » Fri Jun 25, 2010 8:27 am

I kept looking and I've came up with this.
http://www.grizzly.com/products/48-Pan- ... auge/G5769

Or this.
http://www.harborfreight.com/48-inch-pa ... 45876.html

Should I just make one?
Where are their any plains?

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Re: Making 16 gage drawers

Post by GlennW » Fri Jun 25, 2010 8:46 am

The max height of the sides would be limited to 3" on the Grizzly, and the HF is not specified.

That would limit your drawer height to 3" max rather than the 4" to 6" you would like.

That only means that you can't make the bottom and sides from one sheet. You could make them with the bottom and two opposite sides folded up as high as you like, and then the other two sides would be bent up as seperate pieces with flanges to atteach them to the bottom and other two sides.

How did you plan on assembling them with no welding? Screws, rivets?
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Re: Making 16 gage drawers

Post by Vern2 » Fri Jun 25, 2010 12:25 pm

What I ment was, welding 20 gage takes alot of time and grinding. I'd like to bend up a drawer then tac the corners. Of course using drawer slides and pop rivets.

I like your idea of bending two pieces then putting drawers together. I've got 4 to build, 19" x 15" x 6". Do you think 20 gage is strong enough?

What bends, brakes, or wears when doing 16 gage on this 24" pan box break?

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Re: Making 16 gage drawers

Post by Vern2 » Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:12 pm

This project is still on the list. I've change the way I'm building them. I like this video. http://youtu.be/9ZSBirHGONs and will spot weld them now. The Pan and Box brake will still come in handy bending the short spot welded tabs.

I'm looking forward using the HF 220v spot welder. I bought the 3 year warranty, it's stilled covered if it doesn't work. I'll be using 18 gauge for the drawers. I'm thinking 3 seconds for a spot weld time.

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Re: Making 16 gage drawers

Post by david5605 » Tue Aug 28, 2012 11:20 am

Knowing how I load up drawers I'd be inclined to use some 3/4" angle iron and weld the basic box frame up (bottom, 4 corner posts) and just cut up flat pieces of the 16 gauge for the sides and bottom. Tack weld them into place. Use some 1/8x1" flat stock to reinforce top edges of the box. Tack weld them on.

Don't skimp on the drawer glides.

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