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Flat File Storage

Stephen Enggass

True Grumbler
Does anyone know of DIY plans for both vertical and flat file storage. Crazy how expensive flat file cabinets are. I’d love to build a work table with flat file storage underneath. Anybody have ideas, plans or pictures they could share?
Thanks.
 
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tedh

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
You should be able to find a 5-drawer for around $250. Sure saves time and effort.

And the steel ones are extremely durable. Why build?
 

Larry Peterson

PFG, Picture Framing God
You should be able to find a 5-drawer for around $250. Sure saves time and effort.

And the steel ones are extremely durable. Why build?

And in what alternative universe are you buying these in? :faintthud::beer:

New ones start at $600 and up. I have been looking for inexpensive used ones for years. Even checking local auctions without luck.

Here is a sampling of new 5 drawer flat files. https://www.amazon.com/s?k=5+drawer+flat+file&gclid=Cj0KCQjw6KrtBRDLARIsAKzvQIHu4ZyV1pAaCtkGaEp7vaHbZpTrj8l5Vqy0jLfXvF3mj9EXgA3shx4aAuvUEALw_wcB&hvadid=268352103116&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9007143&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t1&hvqmt=e&hvrand=17613223948022632825&hvtargid=kwd-365573678317&hydadcr=19025_9725213&tag=googhydr-20&ref=pd_sl_1fhgyhltc1_e


Don't be fooled by the ones that are $170-$200. Those are for the base only.
 

Joe B

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
I got mine off of Craigslist - 5 drawer 50" X 37" X 3. I paid less that $200.00 for each. They operate perfectly but have minor scratches and dents. I just looked at the Craigslist in Minneapolis and there are at least 10 for sale from $150.00 to $1200.00 with the majority at about $200.00. They are expensive to ship but maybe your area would be good to look into.
 

tedh

SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God
I have four steel ones, and they were $250 each. Used. Two in 1999 from an artist, two from a train store in 2006 for the same price. Quite common up here. Probably government surplus.
 

Larry Peterson

PFG, Picture Framing God
Congrats guys. You have had better luck than me.
 

alacrity8

MGF, Master Grumble Framer
Does anyone know of DIY plans for both vertical and flat file storage. Crazy how expensive flat file cabinets are. I’d love to build a work table with flat file storage underneath. Anybody have ideas, plans or pictures they could share?
Thanks.
When I was setting up my shop I purchased this book:
It is all pretty basic carpentry.

Best of luck
Brian
 
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