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Forum topic by david51st posted 10-09-2009 07:11 PM 911 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-09-2009 07:11 PM

Hello All,

I am building my first chest of drawers. I am not working from plans. I have a question. I purchased Rockler classic wood center mount drawer slides. I plan on using 1/4in cedar for the drawer bottom. What height should I make the rabbit/groove on the drawer sides for the bottom and this type of slide? Do I go 1/8 inch lower then assembled guide so it supports the drawer off the face? Is there a standard height for all drawer bottoms?

Thanks in advance

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#1 posted 10-09-2009 07:24 PM

I usually make my drawer sides 1/2” to 1” shorter than the opening depending on type of slide being used. I also make the goove 1/4” deep, the sides 1/2” thick, and the groove start 1/2” from the bottom to prevent breaking and to have adequate support. I personally have not used the bottom mount drawer slides. Hope I was some help.

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#2 posted 10-09-2009 07:42 PM

Dave, I think you’ve made a funny and maybe don’t know it. Drawers give me fits. Always something goes wrong when I make them. When I saw your title ‘Drawer Dementions’ I had to laugh because it fit my view of them. It’s your typo… ‘dementions’ as in demented instead of dimensions. I’m not commenting on your typing.. It’s just that it’s what I think of drawers. Thanks for the chuckle.

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#3 posted 10-09-2009 08:18 PM

Hey Craftsman. I guess my typo is a true Freudian Slip. Planning out my first big project is making me a bit crazy. Your e-mail made me laugh. Thanks

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#4 posted 10-09-2009 11:29 PM

I agree with tooldad, I make mine identical. I will say, about drawers giving fits, recently we purchased an Akeda jig, stopped building with rabbit joints/glue/18g nails and went to dovetail everything and ensured everything was square while pinning the bottom to hold everything square and all of a sudden out of a set of 25 – 30 drawers I might have one trouble maker, wheras my old method seemed to give me all kinds of fits. Anyway, good luck.

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