Workbench drawers - question about slides

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Forum topic by opalko posted 01-28-2016 04:04 AM 994 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-28-2016 04:04 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bench drawer slides

I made a big workbench in the shop a few years ago like this one

, with an open space directly underneath. Now I want to use that space to put drawers for hand tools.

My plan is to build a 3/4” plywood carcase and mount inside that opening, basically a short squat kitchen cabinet . The opening is 48” wide, 24” deep, and 16” high. I was going to split the opening into two (like this only with 2 set of drawers)

to have 2 24” wide openings for 22” wide drawers (roughly). The 3/4” divider in the center would serve as the support for the drawer slides. I haven’t decided yet on Blum euro (epoxy coated) edge/under mount or ball-bearing side mount.

With either set of slides I realized that if the drawers are matched side by side, then the slides would be also, and so would the screw placement that holds the slides..? But 2 #8 1/2” screws going into a 3/4” piece of plywood from opposite sides would smash into each other. How do I get around this? Do I need 2 pieces of 3/4” ply? I’ve looked at cabinet books but have not seen this addressed anywhere. Am I missing something obvious? (Probably!)


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#1 posted 01-28-2016 04:21 AM

MoSt drawer slides I’ve seen have many extra holes and you don’t need to use them all. Of course check your slides first.

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#2 posted 01-28-2016 04:39 AM

Ditto, off set the screw mounts, I had no problem with the same set up.

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#3 posted 01-28-2016 10:52 AM

Thanks, I can see that, the Blum test one I have has many holes as you said. But why are they are different sizes? My #8 1/2 screw nearly slips through some of them they are so large?...

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#4 posted 01-29-2016 03:56 AM

Use full-extension ball bearing slides. You’re going to want those drawers to come out as far as possible.

Those large holes in the slides are meant for the euro system screws, like this:

(from Woodcraft, ).

Personally, I’d build it as 2 cabinets using 1/2” ply.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#5 posted 01-29-2016 04:10 AM

Ball bearing 3/4 over extension drawer slides. I use Gliderite and buy 10 at a time for a much better price take a look here. Have many of them, some for more than 10 years and never had to replace any of them. Granted 100lb to some is overkill but it pays off in ease of opening the drawer for a very long time. Forget those euro slides, heck I have 10 pair of 18” and prob 3-4 22” if you want them that I replaced with ball bearing slides. Cabinet below has all ball bearing 3/4 over ext drawer slides.

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#6 posted 01-29-2016 04:19 AM

I agree with the slides, used the same on mine as previous posted and they have the self closing soft touch, just nunch them with your leg to close.

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#7 posted 01-29-2016 10:39 AM

Thanks, that’s what I ordered – a 10 pack of the ball bearing slides. I’ll use 2 pieces of 1/2”. thank you

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#8 posted 01-29-2016 02:44 PM

Use connector screws made for guides and hinge plates

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