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This is an idea I hadn't seen before. It seems better than making trays that you have to lift out when you need something at the bottom of a drawer. I always end up tipping the trays over and spilling them.
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Jim that is a very good tip. I would have not ever thought of that. Thanks

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Reminds me of a large custom tool chest my grandfather had made long before I was born. It had about 5 levels of trays. About 4 or 5 trays on each level. On each level there was an open space, the width of a tray. You slid the trays side to side, and that way you could reach the tools on each separate level, including the bottom of the chest. The thing was packed with tools, many of them antiques even then, but you could easily get to any tool in the chest.

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Am I even glad you posted this Jim, just wish you’d done it a year ago , as now I have to rebuild some of my drawers lol.
That is such a cool idea , and something I never would have thought of or seen before .
I did do a sliding top section with drawer guides on one as an experiment, but it covered half the top and slid from front to back . This is way more clever

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Hi, guys.
Last night I saw the video and the door mounting aid tip and I thought that they were great. Especially the door tip because Iīll install one in my last project.

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That's very clever, but if starting from scratch, why not just build two shallow drawers in the first place? If you already have a full extension drawer that you now realize is too deep, then this is just the ticket.
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That's very clever, but if starting from scratch, why not just build two shallow drawers in the first place? If you already have a full extension drawer that you now realize is too deep, then this is just the ticket.
Yeah, I kind of got the idea that this was for a retrofit.

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Yeah, I kind of got the idea that this was for a retrofit.
Thatís good , cause Iím going to be retrofitting some of my drawers

I was thinking of scratch building from the beginning with this setup , but I think Iíll cut the sections out on a few of my existing deep drawers with my router table .
Canít wait to actually have one done so I can show someone , as itís very clever.

Come to think of it , Iím not sure how wide I made my drawers , as there could be an issue finding the right length sliders

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Theo raises an interesting topic - what do we do to make sure the tools we've accumulated and enjoyed go to the people who would appreciate them and get good use out of them. Most of us have quality tools we've had for years and some are from a prior generation, but they will be useable tools long after we're gone. While some may simply want them sold at auction, I think most of us would prefer to see someone who would get good use from them have them. What plans have forum members made???
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Theo raises an interesting topic - what do we do to make sure the tools we've accumulated and enjoyed go to the people who would appreciate them and get good use out of them. Most of us have quality tools we've had for years and some are from a prior generation, but they will be useable tools long after we're gone. While some may simply want them sold at auction, I think most of us would prefer to see someone who would get good use from them have them. What plans have forum members made???
This is a question that has bothered me for awhile. My son in law seems somewhat interested, but he's tied up with daily life and his job and desert motorized toys so we haven't spent any time on it. As of now, however, it is likely the $10K of tools are likely to go for maybe 10 percent, and all the accessories will go for far less than that. But I hope my son in law develops greater interest as time goes on.

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