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Project Ideas #1: Using Drawer Bottom as the Drawer Slide

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I want to build a drill press stand with lots of shallow drawers to hold drill bits, similar to the drawers at the Dandy Drawers site. Has anyone tried building drawers with the bottom extending out past the sides, so the bottom can be used as the drawer slides? I could cover the front with a nice drawer face. Seems like a simple solution especially for light weight stuff and also maximizes drawer space.

In this sketch, the brown drawer bottom fits into dadoes in the cabinet sides.

-- Steve in Lawrenceville, GA - http://www.TheCarmichaelWorkshop.com



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crashn

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#1 posted 751 days ago

interesting idea, i dont see why it would not work, as long as the tolerances were good on the case dados

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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Jim Rowe

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#2 posted 751 days ago

I have used that design approach for a small set of drawers to hold small items. Careful measuring and cutting are the secrets to success as well as wax on the “runners”!
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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Don W

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#3 posted 751 days ago

The bins below the blue coffee can are built like that.

Its not the first time I’ve done it and it won’t be the last. Its quick, simple and works well. You can also leave it long in the back for full opening.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Jim Rowe

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#4 posted 751 days ago

I have used that design approach with MDF for a small set of drawers to hold small items. Careful measuring and cutting are the secrets to success as well as wax on the “runners”!
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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Don W

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#5 posted 751 days ago

definitely wax on the “runners” for any wood on wood slides.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Steve

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#6 posted 751 days ago

Great! Thanks for the info. I’m gonna try it and post what I come up with. I’m thinking an MDF cabinet with 1/4” MDF or brown hardboard for the drawer bottoms.

-- Steve in Lawrenceville, GA - http://www.TheCarmichaelWorkshop.com

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#7 posted 751 days ago

That will definitely work and has used frequently.
I would suggest some of this UHMW tape in the ends of the drawer bottom. Works better than wax and you do not have to re wax ever
http://www.amazon.com/Slick-Strips-Width-32-Thick/dp/B0035Y46GM/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1343755091&sr=8-3&keywords=uhmw+tape

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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dbhost

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#8 posted 751 days ago

That’s how my grandpa had every single drawer in his shop made. The drawer bottom needs to be just a shave narrower than the dadoes. Make sure you use Bees Wax on the runners…

Other than the material used (I hate MDF) you have the same-ish idea I do about storing drilling accessories.

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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ChrisK

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#9 posted 751 days ago

Should work just fine. I would go with the UHMW instead of wax as well. McMaster-Carr has all kinds of good slippery plastic. So does Peachtree Wood Working on Jimmy Carter by PIB I think a tight fit side to side would be preferred and you could leave the height of the dado large so only the sides and bottom rub.

Dunwoody, GA

-- Chris K

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Steve

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#10 posted 751 days ago

I’m not a MDF fan either, but a friend gave me a lot of leftovers and I’m trying to use it up on something. Thanks for the tip about the tape. I go to Ptree Woodworking almost every Sat for the woodworker meeting so will check out what they have too Chris.

-- Steve in Lawrenceville, GA - http://www.TheCarmichaelWorkshop.com

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Philip

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#11 posted 751 days ago

Viponds most recent project uses that idea. Turned out well, it was a camera cabinet.

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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