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Forum topic by jhei88 posted 04-11-2011 03:33 AM 1076 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-11-2011 03:33 AM

This weekend i made a little two drawer tool box. I put it together pretty quick, and with just scraps i had laying around. But anyways my question is i used 3/4 in pieces of would for drawer slides but they dont slide very well, is there any way to fix this?

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#1 posted 04-11-2011 04:40 AM

Do you think its an alignment problem or and friction problem. Not really being able to see it I would make sure the alignment is correct. It could also be that the scraps weren’t all that square so you are getting a bit of friction.

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#2 posted 04-11-2011 05:47 AM

I’d suggest lightly hand planing the slides. If that doesn’t help much, then try some of the slick tape that is sold by Woodcraft and others. In the Woodcraft catalog, it is 16L64 and sells for $7.25 for 10.5 feet. I put some of this stuff in an old dresser that belonged to my parents, and it worked great.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#3 posted 04-11-2011 05:51 AM

Yes, it could be alignment or the size of the parts. Before you go chopping anything up though, try rubbing all surfaces that slide against each other really well with parafin. It takes care of a multitude of sins. Now go and sin no more (unless it’s really fun).


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#4 posted 04-11-2011 05:54 AM

Rub with paraffin , or other wax , or ,Get out the old hand plane

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#5 posted 04-14-2011 08:53 AM

Bee’s wax will work wonders. Rub it right on to the wood. This is what they used years ago on wooden drawer slides. Most good hardware stores carry it or try a good artists supply.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#6 posted 04-14-2011 09:12 AM

i Have a Bee’s wax ,toilet ring,I use for many things. One is to dip brass screws (and steel) in ,so they go in nice,to prevent breaking them off
One of these will last a long time, and they’re cheep

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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