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

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#1 posted 08-28-2010 12:58 PM

When I do a wood on wood drawer set-up (rarely), I don’t bother with wood rails and grooves. A simple
l-shaped track in the case on both sides of the drawer work well and give lots of options for getting the drawer correct via shims etc.

I prefer undermount slides simple because the smooth movement automatically gives a piece that nice fit and finish feel, even if it isn’t FWW. Doesn’t matter how nice your finished project is, if you make something with a sticky drawer your piece will have the feel of subpar furniture.

That being said, I have seen a salesman stand in the bottom drawer of a stickly wardrobe and then slide it back in as if it were on mechanical slides, which it wasn’t. So it can be done and done well. Good Luck.

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