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Shop Made Systainer vertical drawer spacing?
« on: June 02, 2021, 07:29 PM »
First post--since I was gifted some Festools and wanted to get them put away.

I'm doing narrow cabinets with the Systainers short side out (Salvaged some offcuts that will give me 17" deep cabinets and ~20" counters). Simple 3/4 birch drawers, routed to fit the feet on full extension slides.

One set will be 4 sys 2s -- so that will be the fullest one with three drawers. The others will have two drawers.

I've got a tentative layout with 3/8 spacing between the top of a container, and bottom of drawer above it. Does this sound reasonable?
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Re: Shop Made Systainer vertical drawer spacing?
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2021, 07:36 PM »
 Welcome to the forum!  [smile]


This doesn't answer your question. But I went endwise on mine too. Made better use of the available space. I just did adjustable shelves to make it quick and easy.

                  


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Re: Shop Made Systainer vertical drawer spacing?
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2021, 07:44 PM »
I admired yours when I was looking at examples, and went back and forth on the two per shelf/one per shelf. shelves or drawers. I finally settled on one per pull-out, and hopefully I can grab tools out with the lid open.

Yours looks pretty great--mine will be a little more primitive...

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Re: Shop Made Systainer vertical drawer spacing?
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2021, 07:54 PM »
I admired yours when I was looking at examples, and went back and forth on the two per shelf/one per shelf. shelves or drawers. I finally settled on one per pull-out, and hopefully I can grab tools out with the lid open.

Yours looks pretty great--mine will be a little more primitive...

I think mine is primitive compared to most that I see on FOG.  I built five shelf units and put them together on top of my miter saw station bench. They would have been too high to leave on drawers and get tools out of. Plus I wouldn't have been able to lift the upper ones off / out of drawer style pullouts very easily.

Though I have double thick vertical dividers, I also don't lose any space for slides or drawer sides. The hand cut outs allow grabbing the systainer without wasting space between the shelves. 

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Re: Shop Made Systainer vertical drawer spacing?
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2021, 09:45 PM »
Been busy so this is a slow-ish project.

There were some limitations--I had birch offcuts that were a little over 16" so I went with the containers short side out. Two per module, and using the 'unit' measurements, I think they are standardized as 6 'units' per compartment, so 4 Sys 2s fit on a side. I also picked up some Classic Systainers to store my existing tools from someone who upgraded to all new T-Locs--so RH side is two 2s and 2 3s per side.

While I was at it, most of the pullouts are routed both sides with the Classic double groves on one side and the four pockets for the T Locs so if they get upgraded I can flip the drawers.

Spacing is tighter than I expected--there is 3/16"/1/4" between the drawers--since the height limit was set by the Kapex/MFT height.

The plan is a second double set, with the Kapex in the middle on a rolling cart, so used in place for most jobs; rolled out for long stuff. One thing I found out is that the floor is wildly unlevel, so I may need to rejigger my cart a little so that it can be leveled up after rolling into place.
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Re: Shop Made Systainer vertical drawer spacing?
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2021, 12:01 PM »
I have done dozens of these and can recommend two things:

Space them far enough so the T-Lok can be left in the open position, and the drawer still close

Drill the 5mm holes on 16mm instead of 32mm, to allow the drawer slides more options to mount, using 5mm euro screws