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Forum topic by Bob Areddy posted 1597 days ago 2493 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bob Areddy

171 posts in 1904 days


1597 days ago

I bought these slides:
http://www.leevalley.com/hardware/page.aspx?c=2&p=50508&cat=3,43614,43616&ap=1

But I have no idea how wide I am to make the drawer relative to the drawer opening.. The instructions don’t say….

-- --Bob http://www.areddy.net/wood


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Jerry

1957 posts in 2049 days


#1 posted 1597 days ago

I always use KV slides (TT 100), very similar to what you have bought, mine are also ball bearing and I believe that with this type of glide and probably same with yours you would want to build the drawer 1” under sized to the drawer opening. So if you have 20” opening then build your drawer 19”. There should be a 1/16 +/- tolerance but the more accurate your dimensions the better and ensure your drawers are all square, you should have no problems. The glides can be ‘finicky’ if you are not used to using those but I love the ball bearing feel and how they work.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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Kent Shepherd

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#2 posted 1597 days ago

Jerry is right, but I might check with Lee Valley for sure. All the slides I have seen of this type require 1/2” clearance per side. It’s been my experience, that going a little more than the 1” under for the drawer size is better. Not much though. If the drawer is a little loose, you can shim the guide. If it’s too tight, you must sand the side of the drawer, and that is a real pain.

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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Catspaw

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#3 posted 1597 days ago

I’d guarantee they are 1/2” thick each. Therefore the 1” less dim. would be correct.

If you’ll notice the glides have mounting locations that are essentially tabs. If you mount to the farthest point out on the tab it will give when an undersized draw is installed. So, building the drawer just a touch light makes them fit right every time.

-- arborial reconfiguration specialist

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Jim Jakosh

10252 posts in 1607 days


#4 posted 1597 days ago

All slides I’ve used are typically 1/2”- no matter what brand- so the drawere should be 1” smaller. I usually shoot for 1 1/32” smaller. I can always add on to fit the drawer but removing material is a bit harder . I have always come out okay using that premise.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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Rick Dennington

3253 posts in 1696 days


#5 posted 1597 days ago

DITTO to eveything stated above. I’m glad the ball-bearing slides were invented. I really hate them old cheap crappy thin white slides. I v’e had to use them when I ran out of b.b in a pinch. All my shop furniture has b.b slides. It’s the only way to go.

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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Bob Areddy

171 posts in 1904 days


#6 posted 1596 days ago

Thanks all.

-- --Bob http://www.areddy.net/wood

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Ger21

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#7 posted 1596 days ago

There’s a link to instructions for the 12” sides. 1/2” is correct.

-- Gerry, http://home.comcast.net/~cncwoodworker/CNC_Woodworker.html

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Spencer

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#8 posted 417 days ago

Jerry – where do you get your KV TT100 slides?

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