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Forum topic by NewbieInWV posted 03-23-2017 01:09 PM 415 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-23-2017 01:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: drawer slides nightstand cantilevered

Hey all,

I’m designing a cantilevered nightstands in Sketchup. Since I have little experience with drawers, I was wondering if I should choose a drawer slide size first, and then design the drawer depth around that.

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Once I’ve designed my nightstand, can I simply purchase the drawer slide that most closely fits what I need?


Here’s the design in-progress:

-- Mike H, Elkins WV

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#1 posted 03-23-2017 01:28 PM

Additional info:

The inside dimension from the face front to back is currently 17”.

There is a 1/2” gap between the back of the drawer and the inside back of the cabinet.

I’m leaving a 1/2” gap between the sides of the drawer and the supports for the drawer slide (front supports not shown).

-- Mike H, Elkins WV

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#2 posted 03-23-2017 01:43 PM

I always design around the slides I intend to use.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#3 posted 03-23-2017 01:50 PM

I always design around the slides I intend to use.

- TungOil

I agree with TungOil … get the slides first, then ¬†build the drawer around them!

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#4 posted 03-23-2017 01:56 PM

If I read things correctly, it looks like you would use 16” slides. You’ll need to account for them in the width of your drawer.

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#5 posted 03-23-2017 02:25 PM

I’ve never seen slides in any length but even numbers. The width of the drawer is immaterial as far a slides are concerned. Make you drawer width 1 1/16’” smaller than the opening, and if needed, you can shim the difference, or if using Fulterer guides, just use the side adjustment tabs built in to make it a snug fit. ................. Jerry (in Tucson)

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#6 posted 03-23-2017 03:57 PM


I like to have hardware in hand and have a good understanding of the installation instructions before I lock in the dimensions of the carcase, face frame and drawer boxes. The slides you select will likely require a minimum cabinet depth and top, bottom and side clearances.

I also suggest when you get to the point of building drawer boxes that you build one by nailing or screwing together some scrap to represent the drawer box dimensions. I did not do this the first time I used slides from Knapp and Vogt. As a result I now have three solid wood drawer boxes with dovetailed joinery waiting for the right project. I guess I did not completely understand the instructions. I got the dimensions wrong and had to remake the drawers.

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