Using N52 Neodynium magnet or Magswitch to install drawer slides

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Forum topic by nrs250 posted 10-25-2016 08:21 PM 470 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-25-2016 08:21 PM

Has anyone tried to use a series of neodynium magnets (N52) by themselves or as part of a jig to hold a drawer slide in place during installation. I would think that these easily have the power to hold a 2 lb slide firmly in place through 3/4 inch hardwood. The magswitch variety is more expensive and I am not sure they would be strong enough.

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#1 posted 10-25-2016 08:25 PM

You probably would still get some movement issues.

Kreg makes a nice jig that you could copy some ideas from, I just use scrap masonite to act as a spacer from the cabinet bottom. The slide rests on the spacer and gets screwed down, the spacer insures each side is even and parallel.

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#2 posted 10-26-2016 06:37 PM

Harbor Freight has a cheap magnetic base used to hold dial indicators for $12.95 less discount coupon that has a 45# pull. Might work for you. It would have other uses as well, like a stand for a work light or magnifying glass or dial indicator. I have several and find new uses for them.

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#3 posted 10-26-2016 07:55 PM

The magnet is only half of the issue. There needs to be enough metal to allow the full force of the magnet to be generated. A magnet that can lift 45# may only generate 15# of pull with a thin part. See K&J Magnetics web site. Lots of info and calculators for magnet stuff.

A draw slide is pretty thing and you may need several magnets along the length to keep it in place.

-- Chris K

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