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Hi, my name is Art and I am new to this forum.

My wife and I just bought a small bistro table. It is a bolt-together metal frame with a wooden top. About 5" below the top is a shelf that is just begging to be a drawer. My intent is to build a box to affix to the shelf, and then build a drawer to fit within the box. I want to build a drawer that spans the width of the shelf, has a divider in the center, and can be pulled out from either side.

Does anyone have a suggestion for creating a center resting position for the drawer so it neither protrudes or recesses on either end?

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The slides that were linked are over $200 per set. A bit pricey in my book. You could just make a wood on wood slide, with strips added to the sides of the opening and a groove on the drawer side, or the other way around. To center the drawer, you could use a ball type catch, that the ball drops into a partial hole, or catch. Here are two suggestions.

http://www.rockler.com/brass-ball-catch

http://www.rockler.com/bullet-catches-select-size







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Hi ya'll. Thanks for the responses.

Cabinetman, you're right, I don't want to get into expensive drawer slides to add a drawer to a cheap table. I'm intending wood runners and a ball catch might work. The bullet catch looks like it's meant for one direction because the backside of the catch plate is raised.

Bladeburner, your picture now has me thinking I might not need to build a box to put this drawer in. If I make those top cleats thick enough, it might give me enough space to put in ball catches.

Thanks again.

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I glue a small half moon on the drawer slide and cut a small notch in the ledger on some of my pull thru drawers. It wont prevent the drawer from coming out but it transmits a notice to the user.

I've used the same idea on lab drawers with steel slips (angle) riveted or screwed to the drawer top edge and a corresponding steel ledger strip.
 

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please... i'm curious also, and can't quite picture what you mean...

i'd use a bullet catch set into some sort of runner which would keep the drawer moving straight. the ball catch would be mounted in the center of the runner, and would hit a shallow recess in the adjacent side of the drawer - just enough to require additional pulling to pull it past the catch.
 

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I didn't start taking pics of my work until I got a camera phone and those drawers are scattered all over. The drawer in the pic above does not have a bump/notch, because I built it for my wife and she doesn't care for the initial inertia when pulling the drawer. I don't have a dwg either, but try to visualize a bullet catch without the spring. That's what gave me the idea.

This particular table is a shaker sewing table and is pretty small, so it would tend to tilt over when pulling the drawer.

 
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