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02-06-2016 11:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: drawer slides cabinet

I am building some drawers to fit underneath my workbench (see my previous post here) To do this I built a plywood carcase to hold the drawers in. The carcase is 48” wide with a 1” center divider at 24”, leaving 2 openings of 22 1/2”, or at least that was the way it was supposed to be!

Somehow I screwed up the center divider.
- The opening at the front of the left opening is 22 1/2”, but 22 3/4” at the back.
- The opening at the front of the right opening is 22 3/4” but 22 1/2” in the back.
So I got the center divider off by 1/4” from front to back. The openings are 24” deep, by the way.

What’s the best way to fix this so my 1/2” ball bearing slides work without a problem? I’m guessing I need some kind of shim, or would it be better to adjust the drawers from front to back? (I haven’t made the drawers yet). I am not sure how I would make a 24” long shim starting at 1/4” tapering to 0 at the back…..?

Still and always a novice at this…
Cheers
Dukester


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#1 posted 02-06-2016 11:56 PM

Shim the slide, no way to taper the drawer and make it work without major PITA. Get the slided square build the box to fit and then size the drawer face to hide the whole thing

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#2 posted 02-07-2016 12:06 AM

1st thing I would consider would be to straighten your center divider depending on how it’s attached and the consequences of trying to correct it.
Aside from that, the only other thing would be to shim your guides as Dan suggests.
I would make the tapered shims if I couldn’t straighten the center divider.
Draw lines and cut them with a jigsaw. or bandsaw, or radial arm saw if you have one. On the table saw you could make a tapering jig to cut them.

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#3 posted 02-07-2016 12:14 AM

No way to correct the center divider now. Screws would come out easy enough but the brads I tacked it with would not be and there was a little bit of glue cause I was sure I had it right…...

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#4 posted 02-07-2016 12:20 AM


No way to correct the center divider now. Screws would come out easy enough but the brads I tacked it with would not be and there was a little bit of glue cause I was sure I had it right…...

- opalko

I’ve broke out many a glued panel, clipped and/or grinded brads flat sanded surface back to flat and reattached new on more than 1 occasion. Especially for drawers that are just going under a workbench. I would rather have them right than shimmed. Sounds like a opportunity to get some good fix it experience.

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#5 posted 02-07-2016 12:25 AM


I ve broke out many a glued panel, clipped and/or grinded brads flat sanded surface back to flat and reattached new on more than 1 occasion.
- jbay

Even when it’s glued in on 3 sides? How?

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#6 posted 02-07-2016 12:31 AM


Even when it s glued in on 3 sides? How?
- opalko

Bust it out with a hammer and cut a new pc.
Cut it in half as far as you can with a jig saw, then bust it out with a hammer.
Or wait until you get some better suggestions!

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#7 posted 02-07-2016 12:35 AM


Bust it out with a hammer and cut a new pc.
Cut it in half as far as you can with a jig saw, then bust it out with a hammer.

- jbay


I can see busting it out but not getting the edges of the plywood sides it was glued to clean and smooth enough to use again..?

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#8 posted 02-07-2016 01:10 AM

Shimming seems like the easy way out to me. You don’t need tapered shims, just a 1/4” vertical on front right and left rear (where the drawer guide screws will be)—- and possibly a 1/8” shim at the center each side (could be some cardboard behind the drawer guides. !0 min. fix

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#9 posted 02-07-2016 02:35 AM

With a known good square that’s square shim it a 1/4” front to back on both sides

done. Check your diagonals and if they’re the same you’re good to go.

+1 for Jerryminer

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#10 posted 02-07-2016 05:42 AM

Yeah, it’s only Your workbench. I would just fix it half assed and live with it. Be sure to use longer screws going through the extra 1/4”.
Just hope you don’t go through the rest of your woodworking with the same morals. ;)

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#11 posted 02-07-2016 05:59 AM

Get the rear sockets for your slides and mount them to the cabinet back. Problem solved.

This cabinet doesn’t even have a center divider, not necessary for rear socket connections.

https://youtu.be/BQbeCCU6o9k The video does 3 kinds of slides but it’s the same idea.

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#12 posted 02-07-2016 04:29 PM



Get the rear sockets for your slides and mount them to the cabinet back. Problem solved. This cabinet doesn t even have a center divider, not necessary for rear socket connections.

https://youtu.be/BQbeCCU6o9k The video does 3 kinds of slides but it s the same idea.

- AlaskaGuy

The boot won’t work for the side that is smaller in the back!
(unless I’m missing something) Problem NOT solved. lol

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#13 posted 02-07-2016 06:26 PM

jbay

If I made a mistake and you want to point that out for the benefit of the OP that’s cool because I don’t intentionally give out false information. The only reason I can see for adding the “lol” is because you’re a punk ass jerk who has probably made as many mistakes as everyone else. I don’t know maybe you’re the sharpest chisel in the box but I don’t think so.

That’s the way I see it unless you can explain it otherwise.

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#14 posted 02-07-2016 06:38 PM

opalko

Can you post some picture of the cabinet?

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#15 posted 02-07-2016 06:43 PM

jbay

If I made a mistake and you want to point that out for the benefit of the OP that’s cool because I don’t intentionally give out false information. The only reason I can see for adding the “lol” is because you’re a punk ass jerk who has probably made as many mistakes as everyone else. I don’t know maybe you’re the sharpest chisel in the box but I don’t think so.

That’s the way I see it unless you can explain it otherwise.

—Alaskan’s for Global warming!

The reason that I added the lol was because I thought it was funny that you bolded the words problem solved, when it doesn’t. The fact that you made a mistake and now want to call me a punk for it is even funnier.
The fact is over thirty or so years I have made a lot of mistakes. Go back to post #4, I even admit it. That’s how I know how I would fix it.
I’m probably a whole lot sharper than you think. ;)

“punk ass jerk” LMAO No problem,
I won’t resort to name calling. I’m sure it’s because your just an angry old man. One of those internet tough guys!

-- My “MO” involves Judging others, playing God, acting as LJs law enforcement, and never admitting any of my ideas could possibly be wrong or anyone else's idea could possibly be correct -- (A1Jim)

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