Drawer glides for controller shelf

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by kpoole, Jan 9, 2008.

  1. kpoole

    kpoole Member

    Can anyone help with a source for some kind of drawer glides (I'm thinking computer keyboard style shelf) for me to mount my controller and switches? I'm doing a door layout, so I'll need to be able to affix to the bottom of the door (or to glued/screwed 1x4). Preferably a local source (Lowe's, Home Depot, Menard's?)

  2. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    I built a controller shelf using 12" drawer slides (Blums) from Home Depot. It's nice to be able to get the controller out of the way...
  3. kpoole

    kpoole Member

    Drawer Slides


    Thanks for the reply. What did you use for your shelf surface? What kind of clearance do you have between the shelf and the bottom of the layout?
  4. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    Ace Hardware, Home Depot, Lowes. There is usually an instruction sheet with them. As for clearances; the width of the glides plus your shelf width will be the determining factor.
    Just looking at my keyboard drawer, it looks like 1/2 inch is needed on each side for the slides but there may be wider ones if you need more load bearing capability.
  5. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    The shelf is 3/4" "cabinet grade" plywood. The shelf itself is 17"x 15" and sits 5-1/2" below the top. By luck, just enough clearance for a can of Coke...:mrgreen:
  6. scubadude

    scubadude Member

    You can get complete ready to bolt on computer slide shelfs at Office Depot or probably any office supply wharehouse.....
  7. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Depending on what you want to spend...office "ready to use" keyboard trays can set you back a good chunk of cash ($40+). Home Depot slides and make it yourself will cost you about $10....
  8. kpoole

    kpoole Member

    Controller Shelf

    I thought I would take a minute and upload a pic or two of the finished shelf for my controller. I found full extension, locking glides at Lowe's for $12. A quick coat of black paint on the 1/2" ply, and she's mounted and ready. During the dry time, I cut and drilled the holes to drop my wiring, and did the rough cut in for my river. For those that haven't caught other posts of mine, I'm doing a door layout of the good ole' Carolina Central (slightly modified at the bridge side, for an easier entrance/exit on the bridge). One of my steamers was cutting it really close without that extra short straight piece!

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  9. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Well...That turned out nicely...And the layout looks to be a lot of fun..!! Is that a Kato unit & turnout controllers..?
  10. kpoole

    kpoole Member


    Yep, it's a Kato controller, and Kato turnout controllers. I may wind up powering the turnout controllers with a Bachmann power pack that I have (I already have the DC Converter if I decide to do that). I had seen so many people who had built the Carolina Central and had good things to say that it looked like a good starting point.

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