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I want to build some shelves to store trays of dice. The trays are 13.7" x 8.6" x 1.37" and are ~4.5 lbs when completely filled with dice. I want to pull the shelves out far enough to open the tray, but not come all of the way out of the storage box.

I put some dowels on my design as that is what I would try first, but I have no idea if this will work in practice or how long they will last. What's the best (inexpensive) option to stop the shelves from coming out completely?

Here's my design as I would try to build it today: https://www.tinkercad.com/things/jsiPei6bP1y-dice-tray-storageenter image description here

  • The usual places sell nylon stops that you can install so you have the usual "lift up a little and slide in" drawer styles., Or you can make your own. These are pretty simple to install., I think we might be missing some detail here that would explain the reason behind your question. What about these drawers makes using off-the-shelf stops difficult? – jdv May 26 at 13:19
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    One note is that you'll need a little extra length in the tray, so that it can allow the container to open completely while still on the tray. I'd guess 3 inches or so. – Aloysius Defenestrate May 26 at 13:42
  • @jdv This may be what I am seeking. 1) I wasn't aware of them. 2) I don't see how I can incorporate them into my design. – DiegoAndresJAY May 26 at 21:52
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    @AloysiusDefenestrate I can definitely build and test multiple designs until I get to something that works. I was just hoping to leverage other people's experience. – DiegoAndresJAY May 28 at 2:42
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    @AloysiusDefenestrate Apologies. When I was talking about the 3", I thought you were saying that 3" was needed for clearance to just open the container all of the way. I was looking over my project today and just realized you meant that 3" would be needed to remain in the dado to keep the whole thing from falling on my foot! Thanks for the recommendation. – DiegoAndresJAY May 28 at 21:57

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