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Furniture Making Tutorials #2: Solid Wood Drawer slide process

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Blog entry by BigRedKnothead posted 11-26-2013 04:31 AM 3882 reads 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer



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CFrye

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#1 posted 11-26-2013 12:10 PM

Red, great tutorial. These are fairly large drawers. At what size (smaller) do the slides become unnecessary? Or is that a personal preference? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 11-26-2013 02:44 PM

Thank ya BRK.

-- ~Tony

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#3 posted 11-26-2013 02:50 PM

Candy, I don’t know if there’s a size requirement. I just know that when the drawer side is too small, like on a machinist tool chest, slides just don’t make sense.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#4 posted 11-26-2013 07:38 PM

I just wonder how they wear,especially with heavy loads in the drawers.

-- Bert

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#5 posted 11-27-2013 06:06 PM

Bert- As long as you use hardwoods, they should last the life of the furniture. I know they’re stronger than a sliding dovetail under the drawer.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#6 posted 12-27-2013 03:29 PM

To make wooden drawer slides run smoother I have used the white soapstone welder’s chalk to libricate the slide. It seems, to me, less sticky and less of a dust collector than the paraffin. It also is very tidy to appply. Has anyone else used this chalk like this?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#7 posted 12-27-2013 08:53 PM

Hey Red, thanks for the tips. I have a bunch of drawers to do for a large project and just hate the metal slides for good furniture.

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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