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Forum topic by Hopdevil posted 04-23-2011 06:48 PM 1843 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-23-2011 06:48 PM

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Greetings folks,
I need your wisdom yet again.
I made a cabinet for my wife which she loves. Of course it needs to be modified already. :-) I made a section of it with 1/2” plywood shelves using adjustable shelf brackets to support them. She decided that it would be more convenient if the shelves could pull all the way out.
So the question of the hour, is what type of drawer slides would be best for 1/2” plywood. Seems like most of the slides are at least an inch high. Such as this… Seems kind of overkill, but it is what it is. Thoughts?
Attached is what the cabinets look like currently to give you a better idea.
Thanks as always!

-- Buzz ---- Of all the things I have ever lost, I miss my mind the most.

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#1 posted 04-23-2011 06:58 PM

Hopdevil: You could attach 2” sides to the shelves by cutting them narrower to accomidate the sides or you may want to try Euro slides. You could also attach thin hardwood slides to the cabinet sides to accomidate the shelves.
Hope this helps. By the way, very nice cabinet job.

-- TheOldTimer,Chandler Arizona

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Lee Barker

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#2 posted 04-23-2011 08:33 PM

Is the plan to retro both bays of that cabinet?

Crawling inside to do that is a nightmare and will be as hard on your carcase as the it is on the cabinet’s.

One consideration would be to build a box that contains the shelves and slides (which are mounted to the sides before the box is assembled) and then remove the existing shelves and slide this “liner box” right in.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#3 posted 04-25-2011 04:14 AM

Thanks guys!
Old Timer, I thought about adding an edge to the shelves to accommodate the slides. I’ll have to look at that again for sure. I will investigate euro slides as well. I am not familiar with those at the moment.

Lee, I like the idea of the insert, but I made the width of the adjustable shelves (the section with the 6 shelves) just wide enough as it is. I’m afraid with an insert, she wouldn’t be able to use the containers on there, but I really appreciate the idea!

-- Buzz ---- Of all the things I have ever lost, I miss my mind the most.

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#4 posted 04-25-2011 05:05 AM

Hopedevil I bought a slide from home depot that is the thickness of my shelf. I thinks it’s a european slide. I can shoot a picture for you if you like. I used it to slide my printer out the cost was like 10 or 15 dollars.

-- mrg

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#5 posted 04-26-2011 04:54 AM

I’m heading to Home Depot tomorrow – Thanks!

Thanks again to all – this site is amazing.

-- Buzz ---- Of all the things I have ever lost, I miss my mind the most.

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#6 posted 04-26-2011 05:12 AM

What about making clones of the current shelves (with the width being 1/8” to 1/4” narrower) and installing drawer bottom extensions.

That way, your wife can still adjust the shelves up and down and have pullout shelves all at the same time!


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#7 posted 04-26-2011 05:33 AM

Ok Dave, I’m intrigued, but confused… Not sure exactly what you mean by clones of the shelves. Are you talking about kind of a sandwich type affair with a shelf on a shelf with a drawer bottom in between?

-- Buzz ---- Of all the things I have ever lost, I miss my mind the most.

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#8 posted 04-26-2011 01:14 PM

I have been using the Blum under the drawer sllides. These work will with shelves too. For shelves, I put a lip across the back for the slide. They are pricier and a pain to install but once you figure them out they keep the customer happy regardless of who iit is.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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