Shaker Night Stand #2: Wooden drawer guides - my first ? (for this project!)

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Blog entry by NBeener posted 12-16-2009 01:40 AM 4697 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey, All!

Just back from the lumber yard. On Thursday, they’ll be delivering XX hundred and YY dollars (too painful to admit…..) worth of

- African Mahogany hardwood,
- African Mahogany plywood, and
- Baltic Birch plywood (only one they didn’t have in AfMahog, but it’s drawer bottoms, so … I’ll live!).

But … as I was poring over the plans again, I noticed that each night stand calls for three

- what are called “wooden drawer guides” a time or two, and

- what are called “wooden drawer slides” a time or two (including in the exploded view, below).

From what I’ve been able to figure out, these are not so common any more, but are still in use.

Here’s the exploded diagram from the original plans:

From what you can see—if anything—am I going to be okay if I get [note: these links will open PDF files from Rockler’s site] these things AND these things


If not, does anybody have any recommendations for where to get what the plans seem to call for?

I didn’t get very far before running into a hiccup, did I ;-)

But I’ve got a truckload of really beautiful wood coming (and … some of it will have to be re-sawn, jointed, and planed … Oh, Goody!!).

Thanks much!

-- -- Neil

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#1 posted 12-16-2009 02:33 AM

The design looks great!

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#2 posted 12-16-2009 06:24 AM

Rockler carries both of these things, the glides and guides are both made of plastic, one sits on the face frame to keep the drawer centered in the opening and from rubbing drawer sides on the face frame, the other goes on the bottom of the back of the drawer to keep the drawer from tipping out, it rides on a wooden t-track that attaches from the face frame to the back of the drawer. I think I have seen both at lowe’s and home depot. I have repaired a few drawers with these things and personally don’t like them, would rather use drawer slides, a good source online and cheaper than most places I have seen is CSH Hardware, If you spend a lot of money on wood and take the time to build it, it is very frustrating to have to repair it after a few years because some plastic parts have worn out or broken. Just my 2 cents. Looks like a nice project.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#3 posted 12-16-2009 05:27 PM

Charles: I agree! The more I look at these plans, the more nervous I get, but … I’m doing it!

Zlatanv: Thanks for that. I looked at a few threads, on other forums, and found a LOT of people that agree with you. Somebody said it best: The only reason old world woodworkers didn’t use metal slides is that they didn’t have metal slides :-) Thanks for the link. Good source!

DaveR: I’m going to take this opportunity, again, to say a sincere Thank You for all your sketchup help, last evening. I’m considering trying to draw these night stands in Sketchup, primarily to allow me to make just the sort of construction changes you’re talking about.

Also, thanks for that advice. I, of course, had to Google all of those terms, but found an excellent article that should help me through!

-- -- Neil

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