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09-16-2010 08:39 AM

Topic tags/keywords: drawer slide installation question

So I’ve been installing drawer slides in a dresser I’m building. They are recessed so that the fronts will be flush mounted to the face frame. 2 of the drawers are perfect. However 2 of them it appears the left had side is not fully closing. It seems they bounce back. The drawer slides are ball bearing full extension heavy duty drawer slides. Any ideas on what I need to adjust. I’ve been looking at it and I can quite find my flaw even when compared to the lower slides.

-- Russ

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Kent Shepherd

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#1 posted 09-16-2010 05:23 PM

If the drawer or the cabinet is out of square, it could cause that. Sometimes, if you have some play side to side, you might compensate a little for that if this is the case. You might shim the back of the left cabinet guide with a card of some kind, which will shift the drawer to the right at the back. This only works if there is some play in the guides. You can also sand the back part of the right drawer side to gain that play. It’s a pain, but it could help.

The guides could also be mounted too far forward on either the cabinet or the drawer. This would put it in a bind—causing that. Move the left side slide back a bit, either on the drawer or cabinet.

There could be other issues, but I would start there.

This is hard to explain—hopefully it is not too confusing. If you have any questions, let me know.



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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 09-16-2010 05:43 PM

Greetings Russ,
I’ve had that happen to a few of my slides when I installed them. A couple of other things to look at: If the slides are not level on both sides, it will put the drawer in a bind when you try to close it….Make sure they are level front to back…. Also you’ll need to move the slides BACK about a 1/32—to a 1/16th” for the drawer to close all the way….But first check to see if everything is square, and then go from there…..That’s what I’d do…...

edit: Sorry…. I see Kent has already explained that….. but they are all things to check for…...

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#3 posted 09-17-2010 05:39 AM

Thanks for the advice guys. I’ll see what I can find.

-- Russ

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