What can I use to replace the rails in A vertical filing cabinet?

Missy Truth
by Missy Truth

I have a low side two drawer vertical metal cabinet. Bi want to use it but the drawers are missing the rails. There are circular holes an inch apart on top of the side lips, and the front and back lips turn downward, the back being lower than the front. I dont like the insert rails that scrape and slide and break. I want something very strong and there are no bracket attachments in front or back either. Im very tight on funds, is there something I can make from old things around the house to make this work that wont collapse? Also, it is metal, can I paint it with acrylic paint or will it come off?

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