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Old 10-02-2013, 08:46 AM   #1
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How do you keep your drawers in place?

Hi All,
I'm at the drawer building phase and have run into a little problem. The sliders I bought have the built in "grabber" to keep the drawers shut but those don't do the job when your taking a hard turn on old Route 250. Drawer slides open ... drawer slides shut
I've come up with a few ideas but before proceeding I wonder how it's done out in the real world.
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:27 AM   #2
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Re: How do you keep your drawers in place?

I think it depends on the conditions you have, how much weight in the drawer and what the roughest terrain you will be on. Some latches work better than others, some look better than others.

I have seen simple slide bolts used on some home brews. Very effective and cheap.

Southco makes a large selection of latches.
http://www.southco.com/en-us/product/hi ... l?hid=7318

Push & twist, pulls, locking, all plastic, marine grade, etc.

I would stay away rom the M1 pull to open. It looks nice but it vibrates open on washboards. (Page 154 of their catalog)

I replaced them with the M1 push to close-turn to open. (Page 155) They are much more secure.

I think the SMB standard is pretty much the Southco M1 Flush pull. (Page 151 of their catalog)
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Old 10-02-2013, 11:35 AM   #3
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Re: How do you keep your drawers in place?

Got ours through Rockler. Other places also sell the same.







I like that they are flush when locked....out of the way.

They do require a 3/4" thick drawer face. My construction was out of 1/2" Baltic Burch, so I had to add another 1/4" at the locks/pulls when I mounted them.
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Old 10-02-2013, 02:32 PM   #4
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Re: How do you keep your drawers in place?

Our van has "slam to close" type door catches. Then pull hard to open. They haven't failed yet, except when we forget to slam them. The worst we've been on is severe washboards.
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Old 10-02-2013, 03:26 PM   #5
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Re: How do you keep your drawers in place?

I did 1" sliding latches from Lowe's painted black. They have black ones in the bigger style, but they are too much on a van cabinet IMO. Anyway, I would personally recommend you do something more elegant, but I will say they are bulletproof. They have not, and really cannot come open. I thought I had a pic around but can't find it so I'll snap you one.

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Old 10-03-2013, 04:29 AM   #6
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Re: How do you keep your drawers in place?

LenS-----any more detailed info on those drawer locks? Looking on Rockler I didn't seem able to find them.

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Old 10-07-2013, 09:44 AM   #7
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Re: How do you keep your drawers in place?

Stopped by local Rockler store this morning.

If you google the name you will find several places that sell them....but for the same price Amazon also has them.

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Old 12-02-2013, 08:53 PM   #8
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Re: How do you keep your drawers in place?

I generally use a belt myself...


In my van on the other hand, I replaced the SMB-installed slam latches with Southco M-1 latches on all of the doors and drawers. The slide out pantry came with one. So far they have done well on WV backroads for my kayak trips. WV doesn't seem to have the miles of washboard though that I have experienced in western states and Mexico with other vehicles and bicycle trips.

My latch replacements can be seen here: viewtopic.php?f=40&t=7801
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:35 PM   #9
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Re: How do you keep your drawers in place?

Quote:
I generally use a belt myself...
Rimshot!
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Old 12-04-2013, 12:22 AM   #10
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Re: How do you keep your drawers in place?

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I generally use a belt myself...
Yeah, my first thought was "suspenders".
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