Mini Drawer Slide dilemma (No Accuride or Blum alternative)

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Forum topic by CRay posted 10-23-2010 06:58 PM 7476 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-23-2010 06:58 PM

I am in the process of building a workbench that is similar in design of my Sjoberg Bench. What I am doing is making a storage center for all of my turning gouges, and numerous lathe accessories. Yes, it will look like a bench, but it will have lots of drawers for sorted storage and one big wide drawer directly underneath the workbench top with dividers for each specialty gouge. OK, now to my problem. I reviewing the construction of the cabinets on the Sjoberg, the drawers are mounted on “Mini Ball Bearing Slides”. These slides measure 3/8” thick by 5/8” wide by 18” long. To maximize the size of the drawer width, the slides have been mounted in a groove in the drawer sides. In addition, the cabinets are are simple 1/2” boxes without a face frame. The slides are first mounted to the sides of the cabinet and then the drawers are installed and one machine threaded screw holds the slide in place through a hole inside the drawer aligned with a threaded hole in the slide. So simple and efficient. My problem is that I like this design and I want to incorporate it into my new workbench. Does anyone know where I can find a mini ball bearing slide with these dimensions. Rockler sells something similar, but the do not actually provide the true dimensions. I have found a few China distributors that sell these small slides, importing them is a major hassle. The american manufactures don’t make anything that small (our I could not find at woodcraft or on line. I know someone in this group works for Accuride. Maybe he can answer my


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#1 posted 01-17-2011 11:05 PM

I have purchased slides from Custom Service Hardware before and they carry a large array of slides etc.
I have an email address for Daniel, a salesman that has always been very helpful. –

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#2 posted 01-17-2011 11:47 PM

I bought something similar from Lee Valley in the past.

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#3 posted 01-20-2011 10:14 AM

I know of them and have them in some ready made drawer cabinets, they are commonly used in european mass production furniture.
I would not recomend them especially on a workbench as they hold no good weight and they get easily out of line.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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