Replacing wooden drawer guides with metal slides

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Forum topic by Walt posted 11-12-2010 08:41 PM 3337 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-12-2010 08:41 PM

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I am reconditioning a shop cabinet that has wooden drawer glides that are broken. I have enough space for a metal guide but the drawer is 15 inches deep and I can only seem to find 14 or 16 inche guides. Any suggestion welcome

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware,

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#1 posted 11-12-2010 08:46 PM

Use the 14” unless you want to pay for fully extending.

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#2 posted 11-12-2010 08:47 PM

for full extension I only know of even numbered lengths as you mention, so you can use 14” and lose 1” of clearance.

another option is get the non full extension 16” pulls and cut off 1” chunk in the middle of them, leaving you with 2 pieces that can be installed in alignment to make the full 15” – however, since this is not full extension it probably will serve just as using that 14” full extension but require more work.

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#3 posted 11-12-2010 08:55 PM

Thanks Guys: It will not require a full extention set so I think I will stop at Lowes on the way home and pick up a set of 14 inch slides. If it doesn’t work I can always go back to the wooden guides. I was just looking for smoother action. The drawer will not be holding more that 5 pounds at any time.

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware,

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#4 posted 11-14-2010 10:26 PM

Installation completed with out the guides. I found out when I got deeper into the project that the side of the cabinet was only 1/2 inch. Did not feel that would be enough screw attachment to hold the metal guide and the drawer. So I opted for a shop built wooden guide system that is working well.

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware,

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