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Project by Tim Pursell posted 02-18-2008 10:10 PM 2475 views 10 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I posted on my Sideboard project that I used UHMW tape to create my drawer slides. The second photo shows(kind of, it’s hard to see) how use the slick tape to make my drawersslide in and out smoothly without any sign of hardware. I buy 3”x 10’ lengths of the UHMW and use a straight edge and utility knife to slice it into 3/4” wide pieces as long as needed. Six pieces are used for each drawer, one under each side of the drawer side, one above each drawer side and one one either side. The drawers slide in & out quietly & smoothly no matter how heavy you load the drawer.


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#1 posted 02-18-2008 10:12 PM

Interesting! I have never thought to use UHMW for that purpose. What thickness did you use?

Good idea by the way.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 02-18-2008 10:24 PM

great projects/tip

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#3 posted 02-18-2008 10:26 PM

The UHMW tape is a great idea for drawer slides. Thanks for the tip. I’ll incorperate in the 3 end tables in proccess.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#4 posted 02-18-2008 10:42 PM

Wow, that lamp and table were made for each other. (pun intended)

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#5 posted 02-18-2008 10:54 PM

I thought of using the tape for drawers, but haven’t seen anyone else using it. Great idea, and excellent tables.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#6 posted 02-18-2008 11:56 PM

Great looking tables!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 02-19-2008 12:07 AM

Those are some beautiful nightstands!

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#8 posted 02-19-2008 12:16 AM


These are nice looking tables. Tape is a good idea for small drawers like these. I will have to try that the next time I make some drawers.

How did you finish these night stands?

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Tim Pursell

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#9 posted 02-19-2008 03:02 AM

Gary, the stuff I use is just over 1/32” thick. I make the drawers 3/32 narrower & lower than the measuments of the wood drawer slides then sand to get a slightly sloppy fit. That allows for finish & any wood movement in the future. 5 years on the first drawers I used this system on & they work as good if not better than when new. I live in a 100 yr. old “Chicago” bungalow & it still has the original built in wall set of cabinets. They were wood on wood slides, simmilar to this. But after 85 years of use they were getting very sloppy. So I used the UHMW tape when I refinished the Cabinets 15 years ago to keep all the original wood , look & feel. It has worked out so well that I thought of it when I finally started building furniture.
The finish is still a work in progress. I blend & futz around way too much. Once I get a little more organized I’ll post a blog on how I get the grain to pop & not end up with a piece that has been dipped in plastic.


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#10 posted 02-19-2008 03:03 AM

What a good looking pair of nightstands! Nice proportions and excellent color. Can’t wait to see your next project.

-- Joe Heskett---Illinois

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#11 posted 02-19-2008 03:30 AM

Hey Tim,

That’s funny, I was just thinking about using the UHMW tape for my nightstands. I t reccomends using it in the plans from wood magazine but I thought I’d just shellac and then wax the drawer slides. Do the UHMW strips wear out in time? Probably last alot longer than a coat of wax anyway.

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#12 posted 02-19-2008 03:56 AM

Beautifully done. Nice hardware and great finish.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#13 posted 02-19-2008 04:48 AM

I can’t see the tape wearing out in my lifetime…. but then again I’m Old. LOL

Seriously,I just checked a busy kitchen drawer I did 15+ years ago & I see no noticable wear.


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#14 posted 02-19-2008 09:40 PM

Another great project and something new learned – always learning something new at LJ.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#15 posted 07-29-2008 06:33 AM

wonderful night stands and I would be interested to hear about your finishing technique as well : )

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