|Forum topic by ChrisForthofer||posted 08-06-2010 04:14 PM||5241 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
08-06-2010 04:14 PM
I have very limited experience installing these things and am looking for some tips/guidelines to avoid having to rework a bunch of drawers in a shop cart I am building. All manufacturers give you a thickness of the slide (the standard seems to be 1/2 inch for standard duty slides) so I have been taking my cabinet opening subtracing an inch (for 2 slides) and building my drawer boxes to this dimension. Well I did this on a coffee table I built recently and wound up having to plane the sides of the drawer boxes to get the slides to function well. I measured twice and cut several times and had the boxes 1” less than my opening originally in the coffee table, after planing the boxes were a 1/16th of an inch to a hair more smaller and this made them function perfectly.
My question is this, am I better off making my drawer boxes a 1/16th (or more?) smaller from the get go to avoid having to adjust the width on each one? Planing the sides of the drawers will be more difficult/ugly on the shop cart as the drawers are ply and not solid like the ones in the table. Is there some “standard” size smaller that I should be making the drawers that I could have missed in the directions? Your thoughts and experiences would be greatly appreciated!
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