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02-03-2016 01:49 PM

So I’ve never installed drawer slides before this project. I laid them out to figure out how I was going to install them and had an idea come to me. Double sided tape! I put double sided tape on the back of the drawer slides. Got them square with a combination square and pressed them into place. The tape held pretty well. Long enough for me to grab a drill and drill pilot holes and screw them in place. A few of them fell off before I could get a screw in, but I think it’s because my wood was a little dusty. It was like having an extra set of hands! I’ll definitely be using this method in the future.



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#1 posted 02-03-2016 02:42 PM

Good idea,
Here is another tip.
I always cut a piece of scrap board, at the right height, and set the guide on top of it. I start with the top guide first, then cut my scrap board down as I install the lower guides. This holds them in place and keeps them level.

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#2 posted 02-03-2016 03:01 PM

Great ideas, double sided carpet tape may work better.

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#3 posted 02-03-2016 04:08 PM

+1 to jay. That’s always the way I’ve done it. Quite often the simplest way is the best.

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#4 posted 02-04-2016 02:48 AM

+2 to jay. I do the same, works like a charm and is simple. I like simple. LOL

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#5 posted 02-04-2016 04:01 AM

What Jay said, but cut one end of the board at a slight angle, 3-4°. That allows the board to stand flat up against the cabinet side. When the next cut needs to be made, cut from the top at 90°, leaving the angle alone. I can install guides without needing to hold the board or guide…....... Jerry (in Tucson)

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#6 posted 02-04-2016 05:01 AM



Good idea,
Here is another tip.
I always cut a piece of scrap board, at the right height, and set the guide on top of it. I start with the top guide first, then cut my scrap board down as I install the lower guides. This holds them in place and keeps them level.

- jbay

That’s my approach too. It’s pretty hard to mess up if you do it this way.

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#7 posted 02-04-2016 05:03 AM

Another one in agreement with Jay.

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#8 posted 02-04-2016 05:12 AM

Blue tape., lots of it.

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#9 posted 02-04-2016 05:53 PM

I’ve been installing from the bottom up. The first set of slides rests on the bottom
of the cabinet. I then install the drawer, lay scrap on top of the drawer along each
side then lay the second set of slides on that scrap.

I presume the downside here might be if your drawer is not square or level then
your slides referencing off that drawer might not be square or level. But I haven’t
yet really had a problem here.

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#10 posted 02-05-2016 05:45 PM



Good idea,
Here is another tip.
I always cut a piece of scrap board, at the right height, and set the guide on top of it. I start with the top guide first, then cut my scrap board down as I install the lower guides. This holds them in place and keeps them level.

- jbay


I do this exact same thing, works great.

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#11 posted 02-05-2016 08:36 PM

What jbay said in #1… 3/4” MDF is cheap, and you get exactly matching drawer slide locations.

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