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Forum topic by Mike Gager posted 10-06-2009 06:03 PM 1584 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mike Gager

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10-06-2009 06:03 PM

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i am in the design stages of building a walk in closet which will have a large amount of drawers. I plan on using european epoxy style drawer slides. the drawers i have planned on building measure 15” deep. the problem is the drawer slides come in 14” and 16” sizes. my question is should i use the 14” slides or redesign the drawers to be a bit deeper to be able to use the 16” slides?

redesigning wont be to much trouble but would it really be worth it? i was thinking i might get another inch or so drawer extension with the 16” slides

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#1 posted 10-06-2009 06:28 PM

The cabinet/box/carcass depth decides the slide depth. Using a longer slide on a shorter drawer will bring more drawer out if it isn’t a full extension slide.

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#2 posted 10-06-2009 11:54 PM

If you have the room, I would make the cabinet deeper to allow for 16” slides. 14” is not very deep for a drawer anyway.


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#3 posted 10-07-2009 12:35 AM

You’ve run into an old “problem”. Hardware mfg.s make stuff that “most everyone” has adopted.

Most good catalogs give you the spec.s. Consequently, as I learned along time ago, you need to know your hardware before you start designing. Then you design based on the hardware you plan to use. (the object being you can change YOUR stuff, but, not the mfg.s stuff.)

Had you known slides come in even increments, you would have designed them to fit from the start. (of course cabinets come in 3” increments, so you have to learn to mix and match.)

I would make the drawer longer than the slide. You can use the 14” slides….they simply won’t pull completely out. But, chances are you’d be able to access the last inch easily anyway. AND i would probably make them deeper (16”). No real effort AND more storage is better. (as soon as I make storage I wish I had made it more deeper, more bigger, more longer….’cause I always have more stuff to put in it.)

The goal is——-More Storage for More Tools!

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