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Forum topic by John posted 02-19-2011 03:11 PM 2125 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-19-2011 03:11 PM

Has anyone used the Blum inset brackets and rear clips for mounting Tandem drawer slides on face frames for inset drawers? I would be interested in any feedback on them if anyone has used them. I think they might be quicker than installing block-outs to mount the drawer slides.

-- John, Long Island, NY


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#1 posted 02-19-2011 08:34 PM

Hey, John…
I’ve used both, but typically block the slides behind the FF. I use a full-length strip, because it’s easier to square with the bottom (front) than to use separate blocks. I use a pre-cut stick to register my height against the bottom of the cabinet, then use the metal brackets to mount the rear.

Long Island, huh? I was born and raised in Brooklyn, but we moved to the Island when I was 14. I graduated Lynbrook HS then went to Nassau Community.

-- Pete ----- http://www.bluemountainwoods.com

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#2 posted 02-19-2011 08:48 PM

Pete, Thanks for your reply. I too usually use the full length blockouts but have never used the rear clips. Just screwed the whole slide to the blocks. I thought the clips might be a little faster but I guess when you consider the alignment issue between the front and rear clips, the blocks would be faster. Lynbrook, I went to Berner HS in Massapequa which is not far from Lynbrook. I’m in East Moriches, out near Riverhead, now. Nice out here. Still farms and native forests. You have a nice website. Thanks again for you input and for the opportunity to see your website. John

-- John, Long Island, NY

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#3 posted 02-19-2011 11:27 PM

I actually use both. I block out the sides, attach the rear clip and let the rear clip line up where it will, after I secure the slides to the blockout, because I’m convinced that having that support in the rear is important.

-- Pete ----- http://www.bluemountainwoods.com

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#4 posted 02-19-2011 11:52 PM

That makes sense. Thanks. I’ll follow your good advice and do it that way this time. Thanks

-- John, Long Island, NY

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#5 posted 02-20-2011 03:36 AM

Hey, John…....I’m sure I don’t need to say this…...I only am, because I’ve actually forgotten to do what I’m about to remind you to do…......
1) Slide the rear bracket ALL the way onto the notch in the end of the slide.
2) Position the slide on the perfectly accurately mounted blockouts, leaving about 3/32” between the front end of the slide and the outside of the FF, and screw home.
3) Push the rear bracket plate against the inside of the back and screw home.

I only mention this order because I’ve seen some who try to involve the rear bracket in determining the position of the slide, and obviously, it’s irrelevant if the blockouts are spot-on, and you then register the slides to them.

-- Pete ----- http://www.bluemountainwoods.com

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#6 posted 02-20-2011 04:52 AM

Thanks Pete. You’ve been a big help.

-- John, Long Island, NY

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#7 posted 02-21-2011 01:41 AM

For face frame cabinets I use the rear clips. Instead of using a horizontal stretcher/nailer for the cabinet I will use two 4” wide vertical stretchers/nailers that go from the top of the cabinet to the bottom along the side. This gives me a place to attach the rear clips. For inset drawers I will use one 2” wide stretchers along the side of the cabinet, towards the front, to provide a place for the slide to mount to. For non-inset drawers I simply rest the front of the slide on the face frame rail and the back is fastened to the clip.

For frameless cabinets I simply screw the Tandem slides to the side of the cabinet.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - http://www.dlwoodworks.com - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#8 posted 02-21-2011 01:59 AM

Thanks for your reply Don. I appreciate you sharing your expertise with me.

-- John, Long Island, NY

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#9 posted 02-22-2011 10:55 PM

John, You are most welcome.

One important tidbit on these slides: Blum says that to support the advertised weight, you have to use a certain number of screws (5) and they must be placed at certain points on the slide for side mount (frameless cabinets). For faceframe and rear clip installation, if you use the correct number of screws in the clip (don’t remember – but I think it’s 4) and 2 where it attaches to the faceframe, you will be OK with the weight specifications.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - http://www.dlwoodworks.com - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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