The desk my predecessor at work chose is a nice big cherry corner
piece with cabinets and drawers. The file drawers have plastic rails
*sitting on top of the sides* for hanging files. They are pretty
chewed up, making it hard to slide the folders.
I'd like to replace them, ideally with something harder. I've found a
few systems (e.g., http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page 235), but
all of them put the rail inboard of the sides of the drawer. These
drawers are just wide enough to hold a file.
What you describe is what I have in my desk and credenza file drawers.
In my case, there's a Z-shaped aluminum extrusion (all right angles)
that fits into a slot in the top of the drawer sides and provides a
flush lip for the hanging files.
I'd suggest contacting some wooden office furniture manufacturers to
find out if they'd be willing to either sell some of their extruded
parts, or if they'd be willing to point you to a source.
Replaced them today and it worked out great. Just in case someone else
is wondering how to get some old ones off, mine had a fin that was
press fit into a saw kerf on the top of the drawer side. Grabbing at
one end with a pair of pliers did the trick.
Me! Me! (Raises hand and waves)
You can get an 8' snap-on stainless-steel replacement rail for a sliding
glass door for less than $5.00. They come in varying widths and depths. In
its normal use, it merely snaps on over the pitted and otherwise bothered
sliding glass door track, but I bet it would work double-swell for what you
have in mind.
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