diy fridge slide

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Re: diy fridge slide

Unread post by Aaron Schubert » July 11th, 2013, 9:49 pm

I've thought about the cable chain before, but the first time I've seen it used on a fridge slide. Top work.

I mounted my fridge inside a drawer; there is no reason why you can't make the bottom of a drawer out of ply and mount some decent slides on the side

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Re: diy fridge slide

Unread post by solidute » April 14th, 2017, 2:20 pm

Has anyone else made this lately?

90% finished mine but its not going as well as I thought and a bit bummed out about that as we're relying on it to be operational for our trip in 2 weeks. Ive put in a lot of time on this and to get this close and not be too happy with it just sucks


My issues are:
1: as soon as i springed (not a word but...) the catch at the front the slide really binds up. Unsure what to do about that

2: retaining the spring to the base frame. Have used washers and a screw to clamp it down but its too bulky and impacts on the spring possibly affecting problem 1. How else would I hold the spring in place?

3: rubber stopper at the back to cushion closing the slide but to put a little pressure on the latch at the front to help keep it held shut

Ideas and suggestions very welcome

Will take photos and add shortly

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Re: diy fridge slide

Unread post by solidute » April 14th, 2017, 2:58 pm

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how spring is attached, ignore the length of the screw havent trimmed it down

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current rubber stopper (red bit) but not at all happy with it. thinking ill need to bolt it on or find a better option
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Re: diy fridge slide

Unread post by Peter Aawen » April 14th, 2017, 6:36 pm

Looks & sounds like it's working OK, good stuff! :D

I've seen quite a few stoppers like that only with a heavier bolt - so yours should be good if you do just change to a bolt! :thumb:

I take it the slide isn't binding up anymore?? Or if it is, it's no longer a problem?? If it is still an issue, silicone spray or dry lube might help.... the greasier stuff tends to collect dust & turn into grinding paste!! ;)
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Re: diy fridge slide

Unread post by solidute » April 14th, 2017, 6:59 pm

Stopper was just some offcut soft rubber stuff from work held in with 2 small screws but was holding up enough for testing. Will definitely require a better option. The rubber stuff is hard to cut and shape and will require some sort of bolt to hold it in or i need to find a ready made option. The screwed in springs were what was binding it up. Once i removed the screws and washers i found that all i needed was something to stop the spring from sliding forward. So i put the screw in by itself and ground it flat then welded it in place and it works a treat. Dry lube sounds like a plan to help out. Its not as smooth as it could be because I got black steel opposed to regular mild steel and the surface is quite rough.

All i need now is to add some extra cross braces to use as mounting points
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Re: diy fridge slide

Unread post by Peter Aawen » April 14th, 2017, 9:31 pm

Don'tcha just love it when a plan comes together! :thumb: Sounds like you've got it pretty well sorted!

You might be able to use a solid rubber door stop as a ready-made stopper - they are solid rubber about 1-1/2" in dia & 1-1/2 to 2" tall, got a bolt hole thru the middle for fixing, & usually only cost a few $$ from your local Hardware store or Discount outlet. Worth a look, anyway! ;)
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