I recently changed my mind about hand fitting these drawers to the dresser I am making. I decided in order to quickly finish this project that I would use side mounted drawer slides. The dresser is primarily MDF core maple plywood with maple hardwood trim on its edges. I followed the plan I purchased for joining the panels with biscuits. Originally I was going to follow the plan to hand fit the drawers by precisely fitting the drawer parts by using bench planes.
Recently I decided to use metal drawer slides to finish this project quickly. I have made those drawers and I am now ready to fasten the metal drawer slides. I am still using bench planes to fit the drawers and they closely fit into the dresser, but I am letting the drawer slides do its work.
The issue I have is with using screws into the MDF core plywood. My experience with screws and MDF is that the MDF will tear-up. I want to avoid that. I will experiment with alternatives.
What I have researched on the net is that special screws are recommended for fastening MDF. SPAX screws are one of the recommended screw types for use in MDF. I will be purchasing some of these soon; like #6 and #8 about 5/8 and 3/4 inch long. I have heard others use drywall screws. I have those and will experiment with them, but I am inclined not to use those on this project. I have also seen on the internet a relatively new screw called Nuvo. They are made in Europe, probably France. The trouble is I cannot find a store that sells them here in the United States. Also I have read that someone pre-drills the screw holes and fills it with wood super glue, lets it harden over night and then fastens the screw into it. That seems to be an interesting option. I will test it.
If any of you have mounted metal drawer slides to MDF material, I would like to know what has worked best for you. What do you recommend for my application?
Thanks in advance.
-- --- Happy Howie