I love hanging files, so when turning the Dining room into a Home Office space, hanging file drawers were a must. I played around with my own design and measured existing file drawers in our house to come up with a plan. I pinned some things I could purchase to attach to the drawer, but I wanted two drawers and I was looking at about $30, which was more than I wanted to spend. And then Sandra over at SawdustGirl.com rescued me and published a post about how she made some file drawers and it was cheap. That was the way I wanted to go, but the problem was that Sandra used a table saw to make hers. And my table saw was still in a really big and heavy box in our garage at the time.
Dremel sent me some of their tools for free awhile back, to try out and tell you guys about if I liked them. I decided to use the Multi-Max to make my hanging file drawer instead of the table saw.
My drawers are going in horizontally so the files go from side-to-side rather than front to back. The drawer dimensions are 14″ deep by 19″ wide (exterior dimensions). If my cabinets were deeper, I would have made the file drawer deeper because getting them in and out works, but I can’t take them straight up and out because it would hit the drawer above it. You can see that it sits right under the drawer above when fully extended.
So here’s how I went about it. Take your hanging file and mark where you should cut.
Take your bar and make another mark so that you marked the width of the bar. Double check that your marks on both ends will let the hanging files move smoothly (the files have a nice cut out where they hang on the bar–your lines should be right in the middle of that).
I used the wood blade that looks like a spatula and cut straight down on my mark.
Cut straight down a second time, but at the end I kind of went in like a “V” so that the bar would have a tight fit. I had to make adjustments and carve out a little more to get it in there but they sit in there perfectly now.
Ah, my nemesis the hack saw. You will notice that the blade is rusty. That’s because I haven’t used this thing since it got me good last summer. It got thrown to the ground out by the garden and sat there overnight while I was inside trying my best not to pass out and deciding whether to go get stitches or not. All went well this time and I used it to cut the metal bar to size.
Hanging files are all done! I think that Sandra’s way is quicker, but if you don’t have a table saw and you do have a Dremel, then you’ve got an option here. A hand saw would also work, but I don’t have any really good hand tools, so that never goes well for me.
I love them!! Hanging files are tied for my number 1 spot of “can’t live without” products–right up there with Post-Its. Any other hanging file fans out there? What organizational tool can you not live without? I can always use recommendations in the organization department.
**You are really going to want to construct your hanging file drawer so that the front and back are sandwiched between the sides. That way when you pull the drawer out, the force won’t pull off the front of your drawer. In these pictures I only used glue and nails to construct the drawers, but decided once I had them in to put 3 or 4 screws in each side as well. These drawers will get heavy and will need the reinforcement.