Replacement slide rails for keyboard tray

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Old 11-07-20, 05:44 PM
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Replacement slide rails for keyboard tray

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I have a computer desk with a sliding keyboard tray. The slide rails are not in a good shape. Picture 1 is attached. Some of the bearing balls have fallen out. It can still slide in and out but not very smooth. I can probably put some lubricant to help (not sure if WD 40 is right). The bigger issue is if I pull too hard, the bearing ball will fall out.



I'm hoping to find a replacement. However, the inner piece has a small built-in piece to arrach the wooden tray. Do es anyone where I can find such rails? Or any way to fix it myself?



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Old 11-07-20, 05:55 PM
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Not really enough info to help. We can't see or measure it for you in order to find a match. Try googling computer tray drawer glide.
 
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Old 11-07-20, 06:10 PM
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I tried to look for it but could not find any with the small piece to attach the wooden tray.

Other than the small piece, the rail itself is fairly standard. 12 inch long, about 1 inch high. The outside is screwed into the side wall of the desk.

Just a quick thought. The rail appears to have 3 pieces, the outside, inside and middle (shorter). The bearing balls are between the middle and outside. The small piece is part of the inner rail. Is it possible to buy a standard rail and somehow to swap in the inner rail from the current rail?

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Old 11-07-20, 08:00 PM
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If it's a ball bearing type slide.... it must be used as purchased.
Once you try taking it apart.... the ball bearings will be all over the place.

You can find the slides in many places. One example below.
Drawer slides
 
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Old 11-07-20, 08:19 PM
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The slides you want will be closer to these, because they are not simply side mounted slides, they need to have mounting tabs on them.

And no, you will not likely be able to find anything to fit with your old parts.
 
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Old 11-08-20, 08:57 PM
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Yeah, it's ball bearing type.

I have found this video about how to take it apart https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gc6BJB6RxC4
The ball bearings did not fall out.

If this actually works, I'm thinking of

1. Take off the wooden tray
2. Remove the screws that mount the rails on the side
3. Lay the rail flat
4. Do the above to remove the inner slide
5. Do the same with the new rails
6. Replace the inner slide

Is this possible?

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Old 11-08-20, 09:36 PM
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Yes........ anything is possible.
 
 

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