Center mount drawer slides

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Forum topic by BigJohn posted 10-17-2016 12:30 PM 426 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-17-2016 12:30 PM

So I have a dumb question. I am making a large chest of drawers and four of the drawers are 37 1/2” wide. The plans call for wooden drawer guides on the sides, made of 3/4” stock with a 3/8” rabbet on the top for the drawer to ride in.

With a drawer that wide, shouldn’t there be another one in the middle to support the drawer and keep from racking? I can fit the drawer pretty tight to the glides, but not sure it will have enough support. Thanks for any advice.

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#1 posted 10-17-2016 05:08 PM

I guess some of this depends on whether you are going to store lead ingots, or your collection of Valentines Day boxers in the drawers. I can imagine the drawer bottom flexing over 37+”, especially if it is made of 1/4” ply floating in a dado as is commonly done. You may want to add some additional support to the bottom of your drawers. However, the sides, front and back should be plenty strong. I think riding on a 3/8” rabbet on the sides alone will be fine.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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#2 posted 10-17-2016 05:17 PM

Yes it will slide better with a center mount.For wooden drawer slides
When the drawer is wider then it is deep a center mount helps.


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#3 posted 10-18-2016 01:49 AM

Thanks a lot. Have you ever used these?

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