|Forum topic by Dan Lyke||posted 1290 days ago||2776 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
1290 days ago
My kitchen cabinets have all used Blum slides. I built my partner a white oak desk extension thing that had a couple of drawers in it, and rather than using slides I ran a groove down the sides of the drawers, and mounted waxed wooden rails on the insides of the cabinet.
When I did this, I thought I’d read somewhere to make the tolerances as close as possible to prevent racking, so I did. Once I got the piece assembled the drawers kept sticking, so I sanded the living daylights out of the sides and they now wobble around inside the carcase, but at least they don’t stick.
With the ball bearing slides I used in the kitchen I built a couple of cheap plywood cabinets to make sure I got the fit right, but with good wood-on-wood slides it’s not something I can do as quickly or cheaply to try out a bunch of theories.
So: How should I make drawers fit? As tight as possible? Lots of slop? Was there something else causing the racking?
-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke