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Forum topic by ARG posted 03-25-2016 04:21 PM 497 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-25-2016 04:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question finishing modern drawer slide

I realize that wood-on-wood drawer slides are best left unfinished (and waxed), and other forums already address this. However I’m building a piece where the slides are completely visible (Rietveld’s Hartog cabinet for the curious). I’ve already applied a dye. And I’d like SOME sort of finish.

So can you please recommend which finish would impair the functionality of the slide the least? ie smallest amount of gumming, tackiness, friction, etc.

I’m guessing shellac or a low build finish like Danish oil would be best? While things like poly would be worst? then wax on top?

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#1 posted 03-25-2016 05:30 PM

Finish as you will, lubricate with French chalk. If you haven’t already made everything, round the drawer sides and runners with radius’. Crown the drawer sides with a slightly smaller than the concave runner radius.


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