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Project by C_PLUS_Woodworker posted 11-27-2013 12:40 AM 1678 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I were in Lowe’s one day and she called me into the appliance department.

When we go in there I always know I am going to be out $500 bucks.

She showed me an extruded plastic riser to raise up the low front-loading washers and dryers, which we happen to have.

“Honey, it is only $400 and I would really like one”.

My response: “Well, hell, I can build one for double that!

Private joke between us ….............that needs no explanation to anyone who is married.

The joke also applies………actually started…………with me trying to explain to her all about “Free Venison”.

That pleading explanation went NOWHERE !!

Riser is 30” x 60” x 24”

¾ Plywood and ¾ MDF

Drawers are 19” high and about 17” wide.

And, I hope that I never again meet another set of extension drawer guides.

Still have PTSD from those damn things.

I do not understand how you guys make drawers “so simple even a caveman can do it”.

Well, not this caveman.

Please do not hold me accountable for the dog-puke brown color.

It matches the wall-floor trim she put in the utility room and utility bath.

THE BOSS is very happy.

I made the melamine top years ago.

I hate how the tops of the appliances always get so scratched up cuz the utility room is usually where everything goes as it come into the house.

Drives me nuts.

So I made that top and put those little clear feet on them that I got from Lee Valley………..usually used for cutting boards.

Now, I am also the happy camper.

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#1 posted 11-27-2013 01:21 AM

Really like your work. In the military venacular “Ya done good!” I’m in the process of constructing a pedistal with 4 drawers for a desk I made some 30 years ago. I’m using my first 18 in. full extension glides. I have mounted the drawer halves already measuring very carefully from the bottom of the drawers which have been checked for squareness. So before I experience your same difficulties please tell me what to beware of or the furstrating events that are about to come.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#2 posted 11-27-2013 01:27 AM

Good job, mate.

-- Bert

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#3 posted 11-27-2013 01:49 AM

Hey Russell…..........thanks for these comments here and the others you have posted.

I really did go through hell getting those glides installed.

Part of it was……......MOST of it was ….....that never… in NEVER….. had I installed drawer glides in any project…...... of an kind.

So,. I had no experience with them, and didn’t know enough to figure out what was the problem(s).

I (thought) I was soooo careful making the dados in the front and back that would hold the interior “sides” of the carcass for the drawer glides.

Turned out the front dados did not line up with the back dados, making it impossible for the glides to work as they should.

And it took me the longest time to figure that out.

I was so sure I had cut the front and back dados perfectly.

In fact, I cut them when the back and front were all one piece….....not even ganged up…... so that I could avoid this very problem.

Turned out that my assembly of the carcass was not done well….......and I was off about 1/3 of an inch.

I had read every article and LJ post and YouTube video on drawer glides.

But it took me the longest time to figure out that the sides in the dados that would hold the glides were not square.

I was just so confident that all the careful construction I did would result in everything being square.

I just never considered the possibility of being out-of-square.

I tried shims. PITA that did not solve the problem.

Oh, it fixed one side for one glide, but the next one was also off.

FINALLY the thought occurred to me that maybe the carcass wasn’t square… I had ASSUMED all along.

Once I figured that out, it became an easy fix.

I will confess to this….......but it is embarrassing.

I just got a bigger hammer.

I pounded in 2×4’s into several/many places on the carcass and finally got it all back to square.

Problem fixed.

From then on, it was just trying to learn how to mount drawer slides for the first time.

Not bad, just a learning experience that came out almost perfectly.

I bought drawer glides with the soft-close…........but the drawers themselves, or maybe it is when the drawers are filled with all that heavy stuff, but the soft-close is pretty much over-loaded.

So, Russell, that is the saga of the drawer slides.

If I had been more experienced, the very FIRST thing I would have checked was the “square” of everything.

Turned out to be the LAST thing I checked.


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#4 posted 11-27-2013 02:48 AM

Excellent job. Buy nothing you can build yourself.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 11-28-2013 02:51 AM

Great way to save some money as well as your back!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#6 posted 12-01-2013 07:53 AM

That’s one beefy build to hold up appliances, good work.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#7 posted 12-01-2013 03:19 PM

You did a nice job on this project and I am sure that she must have been very happy.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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