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Posted on Fitting drawers: How to best prevent racking problems?

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#1 posted 08-27-2010 02:30 PM

Dan, I’m probably not the best qualified to be answering your question, but I see you’ve had over a hundred views and no help yet. Even though I’ve done thousands of drawers over the years, I will confess I use mechanical slides most of the time, but when I do wood on wood, here’s a few things I’ve found to be very critical to make the drawers work smoothly. #1…Make sure the box (cabinet is square) #2…Make sure the drawer box is square and also that it is not racked. (lay them on a perfectly flat surface and make sure they don’t rock from corner to corner. #3..Make sure the slots you cut in the sides of the drawers are perfectly parallel to each other. #4..Make sure your tabs that you are mounting in your cabinet run very smoothly in each slot before you mount them in the cabinet. If you have the slightest warp or bow in the tabs, this should show up immediately. #5…softly round every edge so there is nothing to catch or dig into. I personally like to put a finish on all my wood to help control moisture changes. #6…Last but not least, and this is very critical, make sure the tabs are running perfectly parallel to each other in the cabinet. Not only do they have to be the same distance apart in the back as they are in the front, but they cannot be racked at all. If one back corner is higher or lower then the other, when you push your drawer in, no matter what side the drawer is trying to follow the tab in the slot, the other side is fighting it. I hope this will give you some ideas where to look for the problem. Let me know how you make out and good luck.

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