The centre drawer width of my vintage 1943 - 1948 Style O42 chest is 2-5/8''.

The width of my 14th edition (1950) Machinery's Handbook is 2-21/32'', so, no-go.

I found a 6th edition (1927) Machinery's on eBay and got it. The width is 2-1/2''. A sliding slip-fit as though the drawer was made for it. What luck!