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Forum topic by Viktor posted 03-06-2017 01:17 AM 497 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Viktor

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03-06-2017 01:17 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question modern slides dresser

Hello,
I’m designing a mid size modern dresser and need advice on drawer slides. The dresser will be solid wood, modern style, flush drawer fronts, no face frame. I could go with traditional wooden guides, but I would like to have full extension with smooth operation. Blumotion self closing concealed slides look good. Any alternatives? Are they durable with so many small moving parts? I want the piece to be a heirloom, but also take advantage of modern technology.
Thanks.


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firefighterontheside

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#1 posted 03-06-2017 01:53 AM

Blumotion are good. Yes there are moving parts, but still they’re pretty simple. I think you can trust them to,outlast you. Just have to design the dresser to account for mounting the drawers. Essentially you need mounting wood one inch further apart than your drawer width. Have to have the drawer front extend past the actual drawer to hide the slide. You probably knew these things though.

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#2 posted 03-07-2017 02:20 PM

Viktor,

I have not used Blum Drawer, Accuride, or Hafele slides though I am sure they are all great slides. I am using Knapp & Vogt MuV34 soft/self-close under mount drawer slides. The Knapp & Vogt slides seemed a little less expensive than other slides with the same features. Also the MuV34 slides allow for drawer side thickness of up to ¾”, but Knapp & Vogt offers slides for ½” to 5/8” drawer sides. I found the MuV34 slides are heavy and seemingly well-built and operate smoothly. I do not have long-term experience with the Knapp & Vogt slides, but the manufacturer offers a Lifetime Limited Warranty, for whatever that may be worth.

http://www.cabinetparts.com/p/knape-and-vogt-drawer-slides-undermount-drawer-slides-KVMUV34B15

Although I do not recall any specifics, I recall from somewhere that there are soft/self-close drawer slides that have overcome the initial resistance when the drawer is opened, typical of soft/self-close slides.

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#3 posted 03-07-2017 02:41 PM

OK, I’m going to be contrary here. Well fit drawers should not need slides. Slides are nice in cabinets and the workshop, but a dresser or chest of drawers should not have them. If you are building the piece to last forever, then the slides will eventually break and the piece will be useless. Properly fit drawers in a well made chest carcass will last two hundred years or more. Will the slides last that long?

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#4 posted 05-26-2017 05:16 PM


OK, I m going to be contrary here. Well fit drawers should not need slides. Slides are nice in cabinets and the workshop, but a dresser or chest of drawers should not have them. If you are building the piece to last forever, then the slides will eventually break and the piece will be useless. Properly fit drawers in a well made chest carcass will last two hundred years or more. Will the slides last that long?

- sawdustdad


Each to there own. I like and use side mount or under mount draws slides in most of what I do. First (if time matters) (it does to me)you have to fine tune each and every drawer to an opening (that takes time). Fine fit drawer are more susceptible to seasonal weather changes than metal slides. Third I like you can have full assess to the drawers (full travel or even over travel). Go into a fine furniture store and look, most dressers will have under mounts slides.

However if you are doing a reproduction or are a pursuitist (spelling) forget what I said.

To the OP I’d go for the Blum under mounts.

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