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US20080150407A1
US20080150407A1 US11/956,550 US95655007A US2008150407A1 US 20080150407 A1 US20080150407 A1 US 20080150407A1 US 95655007 A US95655007 A US 95655007A US 2008150407 A1 US2008150407 A1 US 2008150407A1
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    • EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
    • E05LOCKS; KEYS; WINDOW OR DOOR FITTINGS; SAFES
    • E05BLOCKS; ACCESSORIES THEREFOR; HANDCUFFS
    • E05B65/00Locks or fastenings for special use
    • E05B65/46Locks or fastenings for special use for drawers
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47BTABLES; DESKS; OFFICE FURNITURE; CABINETS; DRAWERS; GENERAL DETAILS OF FURNITURE
    • A47B88/00Drawers for tables, cabinets or like furniture; Guides for drawers
    • A47B88/40Sliding drawers; Slides or guides therefor
    • EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
    • E05LOCKS; KEYS; WINDOW OR DOOR FITTINGS; SAFES
    • E05CBOLTS OR FASTENING DEVICES FOR WINGS, SPECIALLY FOR DOORS OR WINDOWS
    • E05C3/00Fastening devices with bolts moving pivotally or rotatively
    • E05C3/12Fastening devices with bolts moving pivotally or rotatively with latching action
    • E05C3/14Fastening devices with bolts moving pivotally or rotatively with latching action with operating handle or equivalent member rigid with the latch
    • YGENERAL TAGGING OF NEW TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS; GENERAL TAGGING OF CROSS-SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
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A sliding drawer assembly includes a cabinet frame, a drawer, a drawer handle, and a catch member. The drawer is slideably coupled to the cabinet frame. The drawer includes a front wall and a top wall. The drawer handle has a pivot wall that has an edge that is pivotable about the drawer top wall to allow the drawer handle to move between a drawer retention position and a drawer release position. When the handle is in the drawer retention position and the drawer is in a closed position, the catch member is coupled to the cabinet frame to maintain the drawer in the closed position. When the handle is in the drawer release position and the drawer is in the closed position, the catch member is decoupled from the cabinet frame to allow the drawer to move from the closed position to an open position.

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    CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS
  • This application claims the benefit of the U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 60/874,781, entitled DRAWER LATCH and filed on Dec. 14, 2006, and U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 60/949,667, entitled DRAWER LATCH and filed on Jul. 13, 2007, the entire disclosures of each of which are hereby incorporated by reference, to the extent that they are not conflicting with the present application.
  • BACKGROUND
  • Mechanics' cabinets and tool cabinets typically are fabricated from sheet metal and include a cabinet enclosure with drawers. Examples of mechanics' cabinets are depicted in U.S. Pat. No. 4,681,381 and U.S. Pat. No. 5,435,640 which are incorporated herewith by reference in their entirety.
  • Typically, in order to provide security for the contents within the cabinet drawers, a locking system is provided. The locking system will normally include a key actuated mechanism which enables locking of the drawers in a closed position. Actuation or release of the key operated mechanism is necessary in order to release or unlock the drawers.
  • SUMMARY
  • The present application discloses embodiments of drawer latches. The disclosed drawer latches may be used in a wide variety of different applications, including a sliding drawer assembly.
  • The present application contemplates a drawer latch that may be provided to retain one or more drawers in a closed position unless positively opened by the user of the cabinet. This may be a desirable feature in a cabinet construction in order to preclude accidental opening of drawers, without requiring locking of the drawers in the closed position, such as with a key-operated locking mechanism. Maintaining the drawers in a closed position also inhibits the drawers from opening when the cabinet is, for example, being transported from one location to another.
  • Accordingly, in one embodiment, a sliding drawer assembly includes a cabinet frame, a drawer, a drawer handle, and a catch member. The drawer is slideably coupled to the cabinet frame. The drawer includes a front wall and a top wall. The drawer handle has a pivot wall that has an edge that is pivotable on or about the drawer top wall to allow the drawer handle to move between a drawer retention position and a drawer release position. When the handle is in the drawer retention position and the drawer is in a closed position, the catch member is coupled to the cabinet frame to maintain the drawer in the closed position. When the handle is in the drawer release position and the drawer is in the closed position, the catch member is decoupled from the cabinet frame to allow the drawer to move from the closed position to an open position.
  • In another embodiment, a sliding drawer assembly includes a cabinet frame, a drawer, a pull handle, a drawer release handle, and a catch member. The drawer is slideably coupled to the cabinet. The pull handle is fixed to a front wall. The drawer release handle has a pivot wall that is pivotable on or about an edge of the drawer front wall to allow the drawer release handle to move between a drawer retention position and a drawer release position. The drawer release handle may be retained to the drawer by the pull handle. A catch member is connected to the drawer release handle. When the drawer release handle is in the drawer retention position and the drawer is in a closed position, the catch member is coupled to the cabinet frame to maintain the drawer in the closed position. When the drawer release handle is in the drawer release position and the drawer is in the closed position, the catch member is decoupled from the cabinet frame to allow the drawer to move from the closed position to an open position.
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  • Features and advantages of the invention will become apparent from the following detailed description made with reference to the accompanying drawings, wherein:
  • FIG. 1A is a schematic illustration of an embodiment of a drawer latch with a drawer handle in a drawer retention position;
  • FIG. 1B is a schematic illustration of the drawer latch of FIG. 1A with the drawer handle in a drawer release position;
  • FIG. 2A is a schematic illustration of an embodiment of a drawer latch with a drawer handle in a drawer retention position;
  • FIG. 2B is a schematic illustration of the drawer latch of FIG. 2A with the handle in a drawer release position;
  • FIG. 3A is a schematic illustration of an embodiment of a drawer handle biasing arrangement with a drawer handle in a drawer retention position;
  • FIG. 3B is a schematic illustration of the drawer handle biasing arrangement of FIG. 3A with the drawer handle in a drawer release position;
  • FIG. 4 is an exploded perspective view of an embodiment of a drawer assembly;
  • FIG. 5 is a side elevation view of a drawer handle of the drawer assembly shown in FIG. 4;
  • FIG. 6 is a view taken along lines 6-6 in FIG. 5;
  • FIG. 6A illustrates an enlarged portion of the view of FIG. 6 indicated by reference 6A in FIG. 6;
  • FIG. 6B illustrates an enlarged portion of the view of FIG. 6 indicated by reference 6B in FIG. 6;
  • FIG. 7 is a view taken along lines 7-7 in FIG. 5;
  • FIG. 7A is an enlarged the portion of the view of FIG. 7 indicated by reference 7A in FIG. 7;
  • FIG. 8 is a perspective view of a spring and a drawer of the drawer assembly of the FIG. 4;
  • FIG. 8A illustrates an enlarged portion of the view of FIG. 8, showing the spring disassembled from the drawer;
  • FIG. 8B illustrates an enlarged portion of the view of FIG. 8, showing the spring assembled with the drawer;
  • FIG. 9 is an enlarged perspective view of the spring shown in FIG. 8;
  • FIG. 10 is a front view taken along lines 10-10 of FIG. 9;
  • FIG. 11 is a sectional view taken along lines 11-11 of FIG. 10;
  • FIG. 12 is a rear elevational view of a drawer handle and catch assembly;
  • FIG. 13 is an end view taken along lines 13-13 of FIG. 12;
  • FIG. 14 is a sectional view taken along lines 14-14 of Figure the 12;
  • FIG. 15 is a perspective view of the drawer assembly of FIG. 4 in an assembled condition in;
  • FIG. 15A illustrates an enlarged portion of the view of the FIG. 15, showing the drawer handle and catch assembly disassembled from the drawer;
  • FIG. 15B illustrates an enlarged portion of the view of the FIG. 15, showing the drawer handle and catch assembly assembled with the drawer;
  • FIG. 16 is a perspective view of a retainer of the drawer assembly shown in FIG. 4;
  • FIG. 17 is a top view of the retainer shown in FIG. 16;
  • FIG. 18 is a view taken along lines 18-18 in FIG. 17;
  • FIG. 19 is an enlarged perspective view of the drawer assembly of FIG. 4, showing coupling of the drawer handle to the drawer with the retainer;
  • FIG. 19A is an enlarged perspective view of the drawer assembly of FIG. 4, showing the retainer being assembled with the drawer handle and drawer;
  • FIG. 19B is an enlarged perspective view of the drawer assembly of FIG. 4, illustrating how the retainer mates with the drawer handle to couple the drawer handle to the drawer;
  • FIG. 19C is a perspective view that illustrates the drawer, drawer handle, and retainer in an assembled state;
  • FIG. 20 is a perspective of a view of the drawer assembly of FIG. 4, showing coupling of the drawer handle to the drawer with the retainer;
  • FIG. 21 is a side elevational view of a drawer assembled with a release handle;
  • FIG. 22 is a perspective view of the drawer assembly shown in FIG. 4 in a fully assembled condition;
  • FIG. 22A illustrates an enlarged portion of the drawer shown in FIG. 22, with the drawer in an open position;
  • FIG. 22B illustrates an enlarged portion of the drawer shown in FIG. 22, with the drawer in a closed position;
  • FIG. 23A is a schematic illustration of an embodiment of a drawer latch with a drawer handle in a drawer retention position;
  • FIG. 23B is a schematic illustration of the drawer latch of FIG. 23A, with the drawer handle in a drawer release position;
  • FIG. 24 is a schematic illustration of an embodiment of a drawer latch including a drawer handle biasing arrangement with a drawer handle in a drawer retention position;
  • FIG. 25 is an exploded perspective view of an embodiment of a drawer assembly;
  • FIG. 25A illustrates an enlarged portion of FIG. 25 as indicated by reference 25A in FIG. 25;
  • FIG. 25B illustrates an enlarged portion of FIG. 25 as indicated by reference 25B in FIG. 3;
  • FIG. 26 is a top view of the drawer release handle and catch member of the drawer assembly shown in FIG. 25;
  • FIG. 27 is a front view of the drawer release handle and catch member of the drawer assembly shown in FIG. 25;
  • FIG. 28 is a side view of the drawer release handle and catch member of the drawer assembly shown in FIG. 25;
  • FIG. 29 is a top view of the spring of the drawer assembly shown in FIG. 25;
  • FIG. 30 is a sectional view of the spring shown in FIG. 29 taken along the plane indicated by lines 30-30 in FIG. 29;
  • FIG. 31 is a perspective view of the spring of the drawer assembly shown in FIG. 25;
  • FIG. 32 is a top view of a drawer pull handle of the drawer assembly shown in FIG. 25;
  • FIG. 33 is a front view of the drawer pull handle of the drawer assembly shown in FIG. 25;
  • FIG. 34 is a rear view of the drawer pull handle of the drawer assembly shown in FIG. 25;
  • FIG. 35 is a side view of the drawer pull handle of the drawer assembly shown in FIG. 25;
  • FIG. 36 is a perspective view of a portion of the drawer assembly shown in FIG. 25 that illustrates assembly of the drawer pull handle to the drawer release handle and the drawer;
  • FIG. 37 is a perspective view of the portion of the drawer assembly shown in FIG. 36 that illustrates the drawer pull handle being secured to the drawer;
  • FIG. 38 is a perspective view of the portion of the drawer assembly shown in FIG. 36 that illustrates the completed assembly of the drawer pull handle to the drawer release handle and the drawer;
  • FIG. 39 is a perspective view of a portion of the drawer assembly shown in FIG. 25 that illustrates assembly of a drawer pull handle cover to the drawer pull handle;
  • FIG. 40 is a perspective view of a portion of the drawer assembly shown in FIG. 25 that illustrates assembly of a drawer pull handle end cap to the drawer pull handle;
  • FIG. 41 is a perspective view of the portion of the drawer assembly shown in FIG. 40 that illustrates the completed assembly of the drawer pull handle cover and end cap to the drawer pull handle;
  • FIG. 42 illustrates the drawer assembly of FIG. 25 in an assembled condition; and
  • FIG. 43 is a sectional view taken along the plane indicated by lines 43-43 in FIG. 42.
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  • This Detailed Description of the Invention merely describes embodiments of the invention and is not intended to limit the scope of the claims in any way. Indeed, the invention as claimed is broader than and unlimited by the embodiments described herein, and the terms used have their full ordinary meaning.
  • The present application discloses embodiments of drawer latches. The disclosed drawer latches include a variety of different features. The individual features of the following embodiments may be used alone or in combination with features of other embodiments. The disclosed drawer latches may be used in a wide variety of different applications, including sliding drawer assemblies.
  • According to an inventive aspect of the present application, a drawer (such as, for example, a cabinet drawer) may be provided with a drawer release handle movably coupled to a front panel of the drawer, with the drawer release handle being movable between a drawer retention position and a drawer release position. While many different configurations may be used to provide a user operable drawer release handle, in one embodiment, a drawer release handle is pivotable on or about a surface of the drawer front panel to disengage a catch member from a corresponding coupling feature (such as, for example, an opening or recess) on an enclosure frame (such as, for example, a cabinet frame).
  • FIGS. 1A and 1B schematically illustrate an exemplary embodiment of one such sliding drawer assembly 100. The sliding drawer assembly includes a cabinet frame 102, a drawer 104, a drawer handle 106, and a catch member 108. The cabinet frame 102 is illustrated schematically in FIGS. 1A and 1B. The cabinet frame 102 may take a wide variety of different forms. Any cabinet frame configuration may be used that accepts a drawer.
  • The drawer 104 is slideably coupled to the cabinet frame 102 as indicated schematically by arrow 110. The drawer 104 may be slideably coupled to the cabinet frame 102 in a wide variety of different ways. Examples of structures that may be used to slideably couple the drawer 104 to the cabinet frame 102 include, but are not limited to, rollers on the cabinet frame and/or the drawer and telescoping slides attached to the drawer and the frame. In the embodiment illustrated by FIGS. 1A and 1B, the drawer includes a front wall 112 and a top wall 114 connected to the front wall. The top wall 114 may be connected to the front wall 112 in a wide variety of different ways. For example, the top wall 114 may be connected to the front wall 112 by integrally forming the top wall with the front wall, by fastening the top wall to the front wall, by welding the top wall to the front wall, or by any other manner that connects the top wall to the front wall. In the exemplary embodiment, top wall 114 is oriented generally transverse to the front wall 114.
  • The drawer handle 106 includes a pivot wall 120 that has an edge 122 that is pivotable on or about the drawer top wall 114 to allow the drawer handle to move between a drawer retention position (FIG. 1A) and a drawer release position (FIG. 1B). As is known in the art, the pivot wall may be attached to the top wall at any point along its length or to a projection, hinge, or other member that is itself connected to top wall 114. In the embodiment illustrated by FIGS. 1A and 1B, the pivot wall 120 is connected to a user engageable portion 124 of the handle. The user engageable portion 124 of the handle may take a wide variety of different forms. The user engageable portion 124 may have any configuration that allows the user to move the drawer handle 106 from the drawer retention position to the drawer release position. The user engageable portion 124 may also be configured to facilitate pulling of the drawer out of the cabinet frame. The pivot wall 120 may be connected to the user engageable portion 124 in a wide variety of different ways. For example, the pivot wall 120 may be connected to the user engageable portion 124 by integrally forming the pivot wall and the user engageable portion, by fastening the pivot wall to the user engageable portion, by welding the pivot wall to the user engageable portion, or by any other manner that connects or couples the pivot wall to the user engageable portion.
  • The catch member 108 is connected to the drawer handle 106. When the handle 106 is in the drawer retention position (FIG. 1A) and the drawer 104 is in a closed position, the catch member 108 is coupled to the cabinet frame 102 to maintain the drawer is in the closed position. When the handle 106 is in the drawer release position (FIG. 1B) and the drawer 104 is in the closed position the catch member 108 is decoupled from the cabinet frame 102 to allow the drawer to move from the closed position to an open position. The catch member 108 may take a wide variety of different forms and may be coupled to and decoupled from the cabinet frame 102 in a wide variety of different ways. The catch member and cabinet frame may be configured in any manner where the catch member is coupled to the frame when the catch member is in a first position and the catch member is decoupled from the frame when the catch member is in a second position. In the example illustrated by FIGS. 1A and 1B, the catch member 108 includes a coupling portion 128. A structure 130 is supported by the cabinet frame 102 that includes an opening or recess 132. The coupling portion 128 may include any structure suitable for coupling with the opening or recess of the cabinet frame 102, such as, for example, a tab, prong, detent, hook, or other such projection. When the handle 106 is in the drawer retention position (FIG. 1A), the coupling portion 128 extends into the opening or recess 132 to couple the drawer to the cabinet. When the handle 106 is in the drawer release position (FIG. 1B), the coupling portion 128 is disposed outside the opening or recess 132 to decouple the drawer from the cabinet. In the example illustrated by FIGS. 1A and 1B, the coupling portion 128 includes a tapered surface 134 that allows the drawer to be moved from an open position to a closed position without user movement of the handle to the drawer release position.
  • In an exemplary embodiment, the pivot wall 120 of the drawer handle is coupled to the top wall 114 of the drawer. The pivot wall 120 of the drawer handle may be coupled to the top wall 114 of the drawer 104 in a wide variety of different ways. The pivot wall 120 may be coupled to the top wall 114 of the drawer in any manner that allows the drawer handle 106 to pivot on or about the drawer 104. FIGS. 2A and 2B illustrate one embodiment where the pivot wall 120 is coupled to the top wall 114 of the drawer. In this embodiment, the pivot wall 120 includes an extension 200 and the top wall 114 includes an opening 202. The extension 200 extends from a portion of the edge 122 of the pivot wall. Any number of extensions 200 and corresponding openings 202 may be included. The extension 200 extends into the opening 202 to couple the pivot wall 120 to the top wall 114. The edge 122 of the remainder of the pivot wall 120 is pivotable on or about the top wall 114. In one embodiment, the extension 200 is inhibited from being removed from the opening 202. The extension may be inhibited from being removed from the opening in a wide variety of different ways. For example, a retainer member 206 may be coupled to the extension 200 to prevent the extension from being pulled out of the opening 200 of the top drawer wall 114.
  • In an exemplary embodiment, the drawer handle 106 is biased toward the drawer retention position. The drawer handle 106 may be biased toward the drawer retention position in a wide variety of different ways. Examples of ways that the drawer handle may be biased to a drawer retention position include, but are not limited to, applying a biasing force with a spring (which may include any resilient member that applies a force in response to being deformed), and distributing the weight of the drawer handle such that gravity biases the drawer handle toward the drawer retention position.
  • FIGS. 3A and 3B schematically illustrate an exemplary embodiment where a spring 300 is used to bias a drawer handle 106 toward the drawer retention position. The spring 300 may be formed from a wide variety of materials. For example, the spring 300 may be made from a flat material, such as a thin spring steel sheet or other flat resilient material. The exemplary spring 300 has a spring opening 302 and is configured to be clipped onto the top wall 114 of the drawer 102. The top wall includes a top wall opening 304 that may be substantially aligned with the spring opening 302 when the spring 300 is clipped onto the top wall. An extension 306 of the drawer handle pivot wall 120 extends through the top wall opening 304 and the spring opening 302 to retain the spring on the top wall. In this application, the spring opening 302 and the top wall opening 304 are “substantially aligned” if the extension 306 may pass through both the spring opening 302 and the top wall opening 304. When the drawer handle 106 is moved to the drawer release position, the spring 300 biases the drawer handle back toward the drawer retention position as indicated by arrow 312 in FIG. 3B. The spring 300 may take a wide variety of different configurations. In the example illustrated by FIGS. 3A and 3B, the spring 300 includes a clip portion 330 and a biasing portion 332. The clip portion 330 is configured to clip onto the top wall 114. The biasing portion 332 is configured to engage the drawer handle and apply force to the drawer handle when the clip portion 330 is installed on the top wall and the drawer handle 104 is moved toward the drawer release position.
  • Any combination of the concepts described in the context of FIGS. 1-3 may be used in a wide variety drawer assemblies. FIGS. 4-22 illustrate an example of a drawer assembly 400 that includes concepts described in the context of FIGS. 1-3. A wide variety of other drawer assemblies may be made using the concepts described above with regard to the embodiment of FIGS. 1-3.
  • Referring to FIG. 4, the exemplary drawer assembly includes a drawer 404, a drawer handle 406, a catch member 408, a pair of retainers 409, a spring 411, telescoping slides 413, and a catch receiving member 415. The drawer assembly 400 may be used in a wide variety of different types of cabinets. One such cabinet is disclosed in a U.S. Pat. No. 6,375,235 to Mehmen, which is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety. Referring to FIGS. 5-7, the drawer 404 includes a front panel 405 that includes a front wall 412 and a top wall 414. The front panel 405 also includes a bottom panel support wall 515. A pair of outer slots 502 extend through the front wall 412 and the top wall 414. A middle slot 504 extends through the top wall 414. The front wall 412 includes and alignment hole 506 (see FIG. 7A) adjacent to each of the outer slots 502. The front wall also includes a pair of the catch member notches 508.
  • Referring to FIGS. 8-11, the spring 411 includes a clip portion 830 and a handle engagement portion 832. The spring 411 is made from a flat material, such as a sheet of spring steel. FIG. 11 shows a cross-section of the spring 411. The clip portion 830 is generally U-shaped in section and is sized to clamp onto the top wall 414. The handle engagement portion 832 includes first and second bends 834, 836 to form a general “S” shape. Referring to FIG. 9, a slot 838 is provided in the spring 411 between the clip portion 830 and the handle engagement portion 832. FIGS. 8A and 8B illustrate the spring 411 being installed onto the top wall 414 of the front panel 405. The clip portion 830 snaps onto the top wall 414 such that the slot 838 of the spring 411 is substantially aligned with the middle slot 504 of the top wall 414. When installed, the handle engagement portion 832 extends upward from the top wall 414 and toward a rear wall 450 of the drawer 404 (see FIG. 4).
  • Referring to FIGS. 12-14, the drawer handle 406 includes a pivot wall 1220 and a user engageable wall 1224. The pivot wall 1220 includes an edge 1222. The pivot wall 1220 includes first and second outer extensions 1226, 1228 that extend from the edge 1222. The outer extensions 1226, 1228 each include a narrower neck portion 1230 and a wider head portion 1232. The pivot wall 1220 includes a middle extension 1234 that extends from the edge 1222. The catch members 408 each include an elongated portion 1250 and a coupling portion 1252. The coupling portion 1252 includes a tapered surface 1254. The catch member 408 is fixed to the user engageable wall 1224 such that the elongated portion 1250 extends past the pivot wall 1220.
  • Referring to FIGS. 4, 15A and 15B, the drawer handle 406 is assembled with the drawer front panel 405 by inserting the first and second outer extensions 1226, 1228 through the corresponding outer slots 502 and inserting the middle extension 1234 through the spring slot 838 and the middle slot 504 of the front panel 405. The middle extension 1234 retains the spring 411 on the front panel 405. Referring to FIG. 21, with the extensions 1226, 1228, 1234 extended through the top wall 414 of the front panel 405, the edge 1222 of the pivot wall 1220 of the handle 406 is pivotable on or about the top wall 414 of the front panel 405.
  • Referring to FIGS. 16-18, the retainer 409 is a generally “L,” shaped member in side cross-section. The retainer 409 includes a pair of legs 1600 and a mounting flange 1602. The mounting flange 1602 includes a mounting hole 1604.
  • FIGS. 19, 19A, 19B and 19C illustrate how the exemplary retainer 409 may be assembled with the front panel 405 to retain the drawer handle 406 to the drawer 404. The legs 1600 of the retainer 409 are positioned in the slot 502 and on opposite sides of the neck portion 1230 of the corresponding extension 1226, 1228. Referring to FIG. 20, the legs 1600 are inserted between the head portion 1232 and the pivot wall 1220 of the drawer handle 406. The mounting flange 1602 is secured to the front wall 412 with a fastener 1900 that extends through the mounting hole 1604. As such, the retainers 409 inhibit the extensions 1226, 1228 from being pulled out of the slots 502 in the top wall 414. The middle extension 1234 is maintained in the middle slot 504 by the retainers on the extensions 1226, 1228. However, any combination of the extensions may be retained to the front panel 405. The catch members 408 extend through the catch member notches 508 and into the drawer 404.
  • Referring to FIG. 4, the telescoping slides 413 include first portions or first rails 416 attached to side walls 470 of the drawer 404, and second portions or second rails 417 configured to be attached to a cabinet (not shown). In the embodiment illustrated by FIG. 4, the catch receiving members 415 are attached to the second rails 417 of the telescoping slides 413. The illustrated catch receiving members 415 include a first plate portion 474 and a second plate portion 476. An opening 478 is provided in the first plate portion 474. The second plate portion 476 is attached to the telescoping slide 413 such that the catch receiving member 415 forms part of a cabinet frame in which the drawer 404 is received. It should be readily apparent that the catch receiving members may take a wide variety of different forms and may be attached or otherwise coupled to the cabinet frame in a wide variety of different ways.
  • Referring to FIG. 21, when the drawer handle 406 and the spring 411 are assembled with the drawer 404, the spring 411 engages the handle 406. The engagement of the spring 411 with the handle 406 biases the handle 406 to the drawer retention positioned illustrated in FIG. 21. The handle 406 and attached catch member 408 may be pivoted on the edge 1222 of the pivot wall as indicated by arrow 2100 to move the handle 406 and catch member 408 to a drawer release position. Once the handle 406 is moved to a drawer release positioned, the drawer may be pulled out to an open position (as shown in FIGS. 22 and 22A). Referring to FIG. 22B, the drawer may be returned to a closed position simply by pushing in the drawer 404, as engagement of the catch receiving member 415 with the tapered surface 1254 of the coupling portion 1252 pivots the catch member 408 against the spring 411 to allow coupling engagement of the coupling portion 1252 with the opening 478.
  • Referring to FIG. 4, the handle 406 may include a cover 480. The cover 480 may provide an aesthetically pleasing appearance to the handle and/or may provide a surface it is easy to grip. The cover 480 may be attached in a wide variety of different ways. In the example illustrated by FIG. 4, the cover snaps onto the handle. End caps 1800 may be attached to the ends of the cover 480 to improve the appearance of the handle 406 and/or to retain the cover 480 on the handle 406.
  • According to another inventive aspect of the present application, a drawer (such as, for example, a cabinet drawer) may be provided with both a user operable drawer release handle and a rigid drawer pull handle configured to be grasped by the user to open or close the drawer. In one embodiment, the drawer pull handle and the drawer release handle may be assembled together, such that a user may simultaneously grasp both the drawer pull handle and the drawer release handle for efficient opening of the drawer. As another benefit, the drawer pull handle may serve to cover, conceal, or protect the drawer release handle. While may different configurations may be used to provide a user operable drawer release handle assembled with a rigid pull handle, in one embodiment, a drawer release handle may be attached to, or retained on, a drawer by a correction that also affixed a pull handle to the drawer.
  • FIGS. 23A and 23B schematically illustrate an embodiment of a sliding drawer assembly 100 a. The sliding drawer assembly includes a cabinet frame 102 a, a drawer 104 a, a drawer release handle 106 a, a drawer pull handle 107 a, and a catch member 108 a. The cabinet frame 102 a is illustrated schematically in FIGS. 23A and 23B. The cabinet frame 102 a may take a wide variety of different forms. Any cabinet frame configuration may be used that accepts one or more drawers.
  • The drawer 104 a is slideably coupled to the cabinet frame 102 a as indicated schematically by arrow 110 a. The drawer 104 a may be slideably coupled to the cabinet frame 102 a in a wide variety of different ways. Examples of structures that may be used to slideably couple the drawer 104 a to the cabinet frame 102 a include, but are not limited to, rollers on the cabinet frame and/or the drawer and telescoping slides attached to the drawer 104 a and the frame 102 a. In the embodiment illustrated by FIGS. 23A and 23B, the drawer includes a front wall 112 a.
  • The drawer release handle 106 a includes a pivot wall 120 a that is pivotable on or about an edge 122 a of the drawer front wall 112 a to allow the drawer handle to move between a drawer retention position (FIG. 23A) and a drawer release position (FIG. 23B). In the embodiment illustrated by FIGS. 23A and 23B, the pivot wall 120 a is connected to a user engageable portion 124 a of the drawer release handle 106 a. The user engageable portion 124 a of the drawer release handle may take a wide variety of different forms. The user engageable portion 124 a may have any configuration that allows the user to move the drawer release handle 106 a from the drawer retention position to the drawer release position. The pivot wall 120 a may be connected to the user engageable portion 124 a in a wide variety of different ways. For example, the pivot wall 120 a may be connected to the user engageable portion 124 a by integrally forming the pivot wall and the user engageable portion, by fastening the pivot wall to the user engageable portion, by welding the pivot wall to the user engageable portion, or by any other manner that connects or couples the pivot wall to the user engageable portion.
  • The catch member 108 a is connected to the drawer release handle 106 a. When the drawer release handle 106 a is in the drawer retention position (FIG. 23A) and the drawer 104 a is in a closed position, the catch member 108 a is coupled to the cabinet frame 102 a to maintain the drawer 104 a in the closed position. When the handle 106 a is in the drawer release position (FIG. 23B) and the drawer 104 a is in the closed position, the catch member 108 a is decoupled from the cabinet frame 102 a to allow the drawer to move from the closed position to an open position. The catch member 108 a may take a wide variety of different forms and may be coupled to and decoupled from the cabinet frame 102 a in a wide variety of different ways. The catch member and cabinet frame may be configured in any manner where the catch member is coupled to the frame when the catch member is in a first position and the catch member is decoupled from the frame when the catch member is in a second position. In the example illustrated by FIGS. 23A and 23B, the catch member 108 a includes a coupling portion 128 a. A structure 130 a is supported by the cabinet frame 102 a that includes an opening or recess 132 a. When the handle 106 a is in the drawer retention position (FIG. 23A), the coupling portion 128 a extends into the opening or recess 132 a to couple the drawer to the cabinet. When the handle 106 a is in the drawer release position (FIG. 23B), the coupling portion 128 a is disposed outside the opening or recess 132 a to decouple the drawer from the cabinet. In the example illustrated by FIGS. 23A and 23B, the coupling portion 128 a includes a tapered surface 134 a that allows the drawer to be moved from an open position to a closed position without user movement of the drawer release handle 106 a to the drawer release position. In other embodiments, the coupling portions of the catch member and cabinet may be provided in a variety of configurations. For example, the catch member may include a recess, notch, prong or other such structure that interlocks with a corresponding projection on the cabinet frame (not shown).
  • The drawer pull handle 107 a includes a pull wall 150 a that is configured to be pulled on by a user to move the drawer from the closed position to the open position. The pull wall 150 a is connected to an attachment wall 152 a by a top wall 154 a in the illustrated example. The attachment wall 152 a is fixedly attached to the drawer front wall 112 a by a fastening arrangement 156 a. The fastening arrangement 156 a may be any type of fastener, weld, etc. The top wall 154 a may extend along substantially an entire length of the pull wall 150 a. The attachment wall 152 a may comprise one or more discrete extensions from the top wall 154 a, or the attachment wall 152 a may extend from substantially the entire length of the top wall 154 a. The drawer pull handle 107 a may take a wide variety of different forms. Any drawer handle configuration that allows a user to pull the drawer 104 a open may be used. In the example illustrated by FIGS. 23A and 23B, the drawer pull handle 107 a is disposed over the drawer release handle 106 a.
  • In an exemplary embodiment, the pivot wall 120 a of the drawer release handle 106 a is coupled to the edge 122 a of the drawer front wall 112 a. The pivot wall 120 a of the drawer release handle 106 a may be coupled to the edge 122 a of the front wall 112 a of the drawer 104 a in a wide variety of different ways. The pivot wall 120 a may be coupled to an edge 122 a of the front wall 112 a in any manner that allows the drawer release handle 106 a to pivot on or about the 106 a edge 122 a. In the embodiment illustrated by FIGS. 23A and 23B, the pivot wall 120 a of the drawer release handle 106 a is coupled to the front wall 112 a by the pull handle 107 a. In this embodiment, the pull handle 107 a includes an extension 170 a and the pivot wall 120 a includes an opening 172 a. The extension 170 a extends from the top wall 154 a. The extension 170 a may be integral with the attachment wall 152 a or separate from the attachment wall 152 a. Any number of extensions 170 a and corresponding openings 172 a may be included. The extension 170 a extends into the pivot wall opening 172 a to couple the pivot wall 120 a to the drawer front wall 112 a. The pivot wall 120 a is pivotable on or about the edge 122 a of the front wall 112 a. In the exemplary embodiment, the extension 170 a is inhibited from being removed from the pivot wall opening 172 a. The extension may be inhibited from being removed from the opening in a wide variety of different ways. In the example illustrated by FIGS. 23A and 23B, the fastening arrangement 156 a prevents the extension 170 a from being pulled out of the opening 170 a of the drawer release handle 106 a.
  • In an exemplary embodiment, the drawer release handle 106 a is biased toward the drawer retention position. The drawer release handle 106 a may be biased toward the drawer retention position in a wide variety of different ways. Examples of ways that the drawer release handle may be biased to a drawer retention position include, but are not limited to, applying a biasing force with a spring (which may include any resilient member that applies a force in response to being deformed), and distributing the weight of the drawer handle such that gravity biases the drawer handle toward the drawer retention position.
  • FIG. 24 schematically illustrates an exemplary embodiment where a spring 200 a is used to bias the drawer release handle 106 a toward the drawer retention position. The spring 200 a may be formed from a wide variety of materials and may take a wide variety of different forms. Any arrangement that hinges the handle to the drawer retention position may be used. For example, the spring 200 a may be made from a flat material, such as a thin spring steel sheet or other flat resilient material. The exemplary spring 200 a has a spring opening or cutout 202 a and is configured to be clipped onto the pivot wall 120 a of the drawer release handle 106 a. The pivot wall 120 a includes a pivot wall opening 204 a that may be substantially aligned with the spring opening or cutout 202 a when the spring 200 a is clipped onto the pivot wall 120 a. An extension 206 a of the attachment wall 154 a extends through the pivot wall opening 204 a and the spring opening or cutout 202 a to retain the spring on the pivot wall. In this application, the spring opening 202 a and the pivot wall opening 204 a are “substantially aligned” if the extension 206 a may pass through both the spring opening 202 a and the top wall opening 204 a. When the drawer handle 106 a is moved to the drawer release position, the spring 200 a biases the drawer handle back toward the drawer retention position as indicated by arrow 212 a in FIG. 24.
  • The spring 200 a may take a wide variety of different configurations. In the example illustrated by FIG. 24, the spring 200 a includes a clip portion 230 a and a biasing portion 232 a. The clip portion 230 a is configured to clip onto the pivot wall 120 a. The biasing portion 232 a is configured to engage the drawer pull handle 107 a and apply force to the drawer release handle 106 a when the clip portion 230 a is installed on the pivot wall and the drawer release handle 106 a is moved toward the drawer release position. The spring cutout 202 a may be surrounded on all sides by spring material, or it may be open on one or more sides.
  • Any combination of the concepts described in the context of FIGS. 23A, 23B and 24 may be used in a wide variety drawer assemblies. FIGS. 25-43 illustrate an example of a drawer assembly 300 a that includes concepts described in the context of FIGS. 23A, 23B and 24. A wide variety of other drawer assemblies may be made using the concepts described in the context of FIGS. 23A, 23B and 24.
  • Referring to FIGS. 25, 25A, and 25B, the exemplary drawer assembly includes a drawer 304 a, a drawer release handle 306 a, a drawer pull handle 307 a, a catch member 308 a, a spring 311 a, telescoping slides 313 a, and a catch receiving member 315 a. The drawer assembly 300 a may be used in a wide variety of different types of cabinets. The exemplary drawer 304 a includes a front panel 305 a that includes a front wall 312 a and a top wall 314 a. A pair of outer cutouts 352 a define a top edge 322 a of the front wall. A middle slot 354 a is defined at the intersection of the front wall 312 a and the top wall 314 a. The front wall 312 a includes and alignment hole 356 a adjacent to each of the outer cutouts 352 a and adjacent to the middle slot 354 a. The front wall also includes a pair of catch member notches 358 a.
  • Referring to FIGS. 26-28, the drawer release handle 306 a includes a pivot wall 420 a and a user engageable wall 424 a. In the embodiment illustrated by FIGS. 26-28, the pivot wall comprises first and second outer extensions 426 a, and a middle extension 434 a that extend from the user engageable wall 424 a. Outer slots 402 a are defined through the outer extensions 426 a and a middle slot 404 a is defined through the middle extension 434 a. Referring to FIG. 28, the catch members 308 a each include an elongated portion 450 a, and a coupling portion 452 a. The coupling portion 452 a includes a tapered surface 454 a. The catch member 308 a is fixed to the user engageable wall 424 a of the drawer release handle 306 a.
  • Referring to FIGS. 29-31, the spring 311 a includes a clip portion 730 a and a pull handle engagement portion 732 a. The spring 311 a is made from a flat material, such as a sheet of spring steel. FIG. 30 shows a cross-section of the spring 311 a. The clip portion 730 a is generally U-shaped in section and is sized to clamp onto the top wall middle extension 434 a (see FIG. 25B). The pull handle engagement portion 732 a includes a bends 734 a. Referring to FIGS. 29 and 31, a cutout 738 a is provided in the spring 311 a. FIG. 25B illustrates the spring 311 a being installed onto the middle extension 434 a of the drawer release handle 306 a. The clip portion 730 a snaps onto the middle extension 434 a such that the cutout 738 a of the spring 311 a is substantially aligned with the middle slot 404 a of the drawer release handle 306 a. When installed, the pull handle engagement portion 732 a extends slightly downward from the middle extension 434 a as it extends toward the pull handle 307 a.
  • Referring to FIGS. 32-35, the drawer pull handle 307 a includes a pull wall 1050 a that extends at an angle (see FIG. 35) from a top wall 1054 a. Outer attachment wall portions 1052 a and a middle attachment wall portion 1053 a extend from the top wall 1054 a. Referring to FIGS. 34 and 36, the wall portions 1052 a, 1053 a include a wide portion 1060 a and a narrower portion 1062 a. An attachment hole 1064 a is disposed through each of the attachment wall portions 1052 a, 1053 a.
  • Referring to FIG. 25, the drawer release handle 306 a may be assembled with the drawer 304 a by placing the clip portion 730 a of the spring 311 a on the middle extension 434 a of the pivot wall, such that the cutout 738 a of the spring is substantially aligned with the middle slot 404 a of the drawer release handle 306 a. The middle extension 434 a and the attached spring 311 a are then inserted through the middle slot 354 a of the front panel 304 a. Referring to FIGS. 25 and 36, when the middle extension 434 a is in the middle slot 354 a, the extensions 426 a, 428 a of the pivot wall are disposed on the top edge 322 a defined by the cutouts 352 a. The catch members 308 a extend through the catch member notches 358 a. Referring to FIGS. 25 and 36, the pull handle 307 a is assembled with the drawer front panel 305 a and the drawer release handle 306 a by inserting the outer attachment wall portions 1052 a through the outer slots 402 a of the drawer release handle 306 a and inserting the middle attachment wall portion 1053 a through the spring cutout 738 a and the middle slot 404 a of the drawer release handle 306 a. The middle attachment wall portion retains the spring 311 a on the drawer release handle 306 a. Referring to FIGS. 37 and 38, the pull handle 307 a is fixed to the front wall 305 a by fasteners 1556 a that extend through the alignment holes 356 a of the front wall and the attachment holes 1064 a of the pull handle 307 a. Referring to FIGS. 37 and 43, the pivot wall extensions 426 a, 428 a are pivotable on or about the edge 322 a of the front panel 305 a and are retained to the front wall 305 a by the outer wall portions 1052 a of the pull handle 307 a.
  • Referring to FIG. 25, the telescoping slides 313 a include first portions or first rails 316 a attached to side walls 370 a of the drawer 304 a, and second portions or second rails 317 a configured to be attached to a cabinet (not shown). In the embodiment illustrated by FIG. 25, the catch receiving members 315 a are attached to the second rails 317 a of the telescoping slides 313 a. The illustrated catch receiving members 315 a include a first plate portion 374 a and a second plate portion 376 a. An opening 378 a is provided in the first plate portion 374 a. The second plate portion 376 a is attached to the telescoping slide 313 a such that the catch receiving member 315 a forms part of a cabinet frame in which the drawer 304 a is received. It should be readily apparent that the catch receiving members may take a wide variety of different forms and may be attached or otherwise coupled to the cabinet frame in a wide variety of different ways.
  • Referring to FIG. 43, when the drawer release handle 306 a, the drawer pull handle 307 a, and the spring 311 a are assembled with the drawer 304 a, the spring 311 a engages the release handle 306 a and the pull handle 307 a. The engagement of the spring 311 a with the release handle 306 a biases the release handle 306 a to the drawer retention positioned illustrated in FIG. 41. The handle 306 a and attached catch member 308 a may be pivoted on the edge 322 a of the front wall as indicated by arrow 2100 a to move the release handle 306 a and catch member 308 a to a drawer release position. Once the handle 406 a is moved to a drawer release position, the drawer 304 a may be pulled out to an open position. The drawer may be returned to a closed position simply by pushing in the drawer, as engagement of the catch receiving member 315 a with the tapered surface 454 a of the coupling portion 452 a pivots the catch member 308 a against the spring 311 a to allow coupling engagement of the coupling portion 452 a with the opening 378 a.
  • Referring to FIGS. 39 and 42, the pull handle 307 a may include a cover 1780 a. The cover 1780 a may provide an aesthetically pleasing appearance to the pull handle 407 a and/or may provide a surface that is easy to grip. The cover 1780 a may be attached to the pull handle 407 a in a wide variety of different ways. In the example illustrated in FIG. 39, the cover slides onto the pull handle 407 a as indicated by arrow 1782 a. Referring to FIG. 40, once the cover 1780 a is in place, end caps 1800 a may be attached to ends of the cover. The end caps 1800 a may be attached in a wide variety of different ways. In the example illustrated by FIG. 40, the end caps 1800 a are attached to the cover 1780 a by projections 1802 a, 1804 a that extend into ends of the cover 1800 a.
  • While various inventive aspects, concepts and features of the inventions may be described and illustrated herein as embodied in combination in the exemplary embodiments, these various aspects, concepts and features may be used in many alternative embodiments, either individually or in various combinations and sub-combinations thereof. Unless expressly excluded herein all such combinations and sub-combinations are intended to be within the scope of the present inventions. Still further, while various alternative embodiments as to the various aspects, concepts and features of the inventions—such as alternative materials, structures, configurations, methods, circuits, devices and components, software, hardware, control logic, alternatives as to form, fit and function, and so on—may be described herein, such descriptions are not intended to be a complete or exhaustive list of available alternative embodiments, whether presently known or later developed. Those skilled in the art may readily adopt one or more of the inventive aspects, concepts or features into additional embodiments and uses within the scope of the present inventions even if such embodiments are not expressly disclosed herein. Additionally, even though some features, concepts or aspects of the inventions may be described herein as being a preferred arrangement or method, such description is not intended to suggest that such feature is required or necessary unless expressly so stated. Still further, exemplary or representative indicators and ranges may be included to assist in understanding the present disclosure; however, such indicators and ranges are not to be construed in a limiting sense and are intended to be critical indicators or ranges only if so expressly stated. Moreover, while various aspects, features and concepts may be expressly identified herein as being inventive or forming part of an invention, such identification is not intended to be exclusive, but rather there may be inventive aspects, concepts and features that are fully described herein without being expressly identified as such or as part of a specific invention, the inventions instead being set forth in the appended claims. Descriptions of exemplary methods or processes are not limited to inclusion of all steps as being required in all cases, nor is the order that the steps are presented to be construed as required or necessary unless expressly so stated.

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1. A sliding drawer assembly comprising:
a cabinet frame;
a drawer slideably coupled to the cabinet frame, the drawer including a front wall and a top wall connected to the front wall, wherein the top wall is oriented generally transverse to the front wall;
a drawer handle having a pivot wall that has an edge that is pivotable about the drawer top wall to allow the drawer handle to move between a drawer retention position and a drawer release position; and
a catch member connected to the drawer handle, wherein when the handle is in the drawer retention position and the drawer is in a closed position, the catch member is coupled to the cabinet frame to maintain the drawer in the closed position, and further wherein when the handle is in the drawer release position and the drawer is in the closed position, the catch member is decoupled from the cabinet frame to allow the drawer to move from the closed position to an open position.
2. The sliding drawer assembly of claim 1 wherein the pivot wall is coupled to the drawer top wall such that the pivot wall is oriented generally transverse to the drawer top wall.
3. The sliding drawer assembly of claim 1 wherein the pivot wall is coupled to the drawer top wall by an extension of the pivot wall that extends through an opening of the drawer top wall.
4. The sliding drawer assembly of claim 3 further comprising a retainer member coupled to the extension to prevent the extension of the pivot wall from being pulled out of the opening of the top drawer wall.
5. The sliding drawer assembly of claim 1 further comprising a spring coupled to the drawer and the drawer handle positioned to bias the drawer handle to the drawer retention position.
6. The sliding drawer assembly of claim 5 wherein the spring is formed from a flat material.
7. The sliding drawer assembly of claim 1 further comprising a flat spring clipped onto the drawer top wall, wherein the flat spring is retained on the drawer top wall by an extension of the handle pivot wall that extends through an opening of the flat spring and into an opening of the drawer top wall.
8. A sliding drawer assembly comprising:
a cabinet frame;
a drawer slideably coupled to the cabinet frame;
a drawer handle assembled with the drawer and moveable between a drawer retention position and a drawer release position;
a spring member formed from a flat material having a spring opening, wherein the spring is clipped onto one of the drawer and the drawer handle such that the spring member biases the drawer handle to the drawer retention position, and further wherein the drawer handle is connected with the drawer through the spring opening; and
a catch member connected to the drawer handle, wherein when the handle is in the drawer retention position and the drawer is in a closed position the catch member is coupled to the cabinet frame to maintain the drawer in the closed position, and wherein when the handle is in the drawer release position and the drawer is in the closed position the catch member is decoupled from the cabinet frame to allow the drawer to move from the closed position to an open position.
9. The sliding drawer assembly of claim 8, wherein the drawer includes a top wall having a top wall opening, and the drawer handle includes a wall portion extending through the top wall opening and the spring opening to retain the spring on the drawer top wall.
10. The sliding drawer assembly of claim 9 wherein the drawer handle includes a pivot wall coupled to the drawer top wall such that the pivot wall is oriented generally transverse to the drawer top wall.
11. The sliding drawer assembly of claim 10 wherein the pivot wall is coupled to the drawer top wall by an extension of the pivot wall that extends through the top wall opening.
12. The sliding drawer assembly of claim 9 wherein the drawer handle includes a pivot wall with an edge that is pivotable about the drawer top wall to allow the drawer handle to move between the drawer retention position and the drawer release position.
13. The sliding drawer assembly of claim 8 wherein the drawer includes an wall opening at an intersection of a front wall and a top wall of the drawer, and further wherein the drawer handle includes a wall portion that extends through the wall opening of the drawer.
14. The sliding drawer assembly of claim 13, wherein the drawer handle includes a drawer handle opening through the drawer handle wall portion, wherein a drawer pull handle is attached to the drawer through the drawer handle opening.
15. A method of assembling a drawer handle with a drawer comprising:
clipping a spring made from flat material onto a drawer top wall such that an opening through the spring is substantially aligned with an opening of the drawer top wall; and
inserting an extension of a drawer handle wall through the spring opening and the wall opening to retain the spring on the drawer top wall.
16. A sliding drawer assembly comprising:
a cabinet frame;
a drawer slideably coupled to the cabinet frame, the drawer including a front wall;
a pull handle affixed to the front wall by a connection;
a drawer release handle having a pivot wall that is pivotable about an upper edge of the drawer front wall to allow the drawer release handle to move between a drawer retention position and a drawer release position;
wherein the drawer release handle is retained to the drawer by the connection that affixes the pull handle to the drawer; and
a catch member connected to the drawer release handle, wherein when the drawer release handle is in the drawer retention position and the drawer is in a closed position the catch member is coupled to the cabinet frame to maintain the drawer in the closed position, and wherein when the drawer release handle is in the drawer release position and the drawer is in the closed position the catch member is decoupled from the cabinet frame to allow the drawer to move from the closed position to an open position.
17. The sliding drawer assembly of claim 16 wherein the pull handle extends through an opening in the drawer release handle to retain the drawer release handle to the drawer.
18. The sliding drawer assembly of claim 16 wherein the drawer release handle is coupled to the drawer front wall by an extension of the pull handle that extends through an opening of the drawer release handle.
19. The sliding drawer assembly of claim 16 further comprising a spring coupled to the drawer and the drawer release handle positioned to bias the drawer release handle to the drawer retention position.
20. The sliding drawer assembly of claim 19 wherein the spring is connected to the drawer pull handle to couple the spring to the drawer.
21. The sliding drawer assembly of claim 19 wherein the spring is formed from a flat material.
22. The sliding drawer assembly of claim 16 further comprising a flat spring clipped onto the drawer release handle, wherein the flat spring is retained on the drawer release handle by an extension of the pull handle that extends through an opening of the flat spring and is fastened to the drawer front wall.
23. A method of assembling a drawer release assembly with a drawer comprising:
positioning a drawer release handle wall on an edge of a drawer front wall;
inserting an extension of a drawer pull handle through an opening in the drawer release handle wall; and
affixing the drawer pull handle to the drawer front wall such that the drawer release handle is retained to the drawer front wall by said extension and is pivotable about the upper edge of the drawer front wall between a drawer retention position and a drawer release position.
24. A method of assembling a drawer release assembly with a drawer comprising:
clipping a spring made from flat material onto a drawer release handle wall such that an opening of the spring is substantially aligned with an opening of the release handle wall;
inserting an extension of a drawer pull handle through an opening of the drawer release handle wall and an opening of the spring; and
affixing the drawer pull handle to the drawer such that the spring is retained to the drawer release handle wall by said extension such that the spring biases the drawer release handle to a drawer retention position.
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