full extension drawer slides

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Project by bilsborough posted 05-18-2008 04:07 AM 2332 views 10 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On inspecting the many fine projects on this site I ran across some full extension drawer slides made of wood with sliding dovetails. I forgot to favorite them at the time and now I can’t find them to give credit for the idea. Mine are a bit diferent, not as good actually but they work really well. The slides were what inspired me to make yet another box.
Walnut, koa, curly maple, maccasar ebony, purpleheart all went into this one. Mortise and tenon half-blind dovetails and splined miters hold the box together The purpleheart you see through the cut out is first part of the drawer slide. The slides are made up of three part the first being implemnted into the side of the box as I just mentioned. The second is its own piece. and the third is the side of the drawer.

After I made the top which overhangs the body by a quarter inch on all sides I said to myself “wait a minute how am I going to used my mini-ball hinges?” These are the perils of designing on the fly. I solved the problem by adding the—lets call them hinge housings—on the back. I glued them into a slight recess I chiseled out and then added a 3/32” purpleheart dowel for an entirely unnecessary amount of joint strength.

this one I ended up giving to my mom for mothers day.

-- What do you learn from being right?

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#1 posted 05-18-2008 04:17 AM

wow great job. i think that i saw that post to. was it by any chance this one. it has full extension drawer slide with a sliding dovetail too.

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great job on the box and thanks for the post.

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#2 posted 05-18-2008 04:28 AM

Thats it. credit to GaryK for the inspiration. Thanks.

-- What do you learn from being right?

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#3 posted 05-18-2008 04:41 AM

i like the color contrast, looks great!

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#4 posted 05-18-2008 04:47 AM

Great looking box. Interesting use of different woods.

Thanks for the credit but I’m sure somebody else came up with it first.

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

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#5 posted 05-18-2008 05:39 AM

that is one beautiful box I must say !!! Your Mom must love it !!!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 05-18-2008 12:32 PM

Nice looking boxes, blsb, and Gary. I’m amazed by them both. mikie

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 05-18-2008 01:29 PM

This is a beautiful box and it has a nice combination of woods as well. I am sure that your mother adores the box.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#8 posted 05-18-2008 02:54 PM

Nice looking box. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#9 posted 05-18-2008 03:36 PM

Very impressive!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 05-19-2008 09:10 AM

You’ve packed a lot of special features into a box – nice job.

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#11 posted 05-19-2008 12:08 PM

This is very nice. The craftsmanship really shows.

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