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spunwood

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1181 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: tip question

I just did a few hours of battle with an attempt at installing drawer slides.

I wanted to post this for anyone about to do this.

Some Tips on Installing Drawer Slides:
1. Be sure to have a square carcass/case/chest

2. Be sure that the distance between the drawer sides & the chest sides is the recommended distance for the slides (i.e., the thickness of the slides)

3.Use some kind of spacer or story stick to attach the slides

PLEASE ADD YOUR OWN…especially if you’re more experienced then me!

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν


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spunwood

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#1 posted 1181 days ago

I have to say I have such respect for those of you who can just bang out cabinets and other standard furniture items!

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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ShaneA

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#2 posted 1181 days ago

I second the above tips. If it is not square you are in for tough times. Using a spacer (plywood) has really helped me as well. Nothing worse than moving parts that dont line up. It is a sinkhole for time and highly annoying. Knowing the exact width needed is crucial, one of the few times I think it may actually better to be too small in woodworking. Slides can be shimmed easier than drawers widths can be reduced. For me at least.

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spunwood

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#3 posted 1181 days ago

Thanks Shane…encouraging to know that other people have used shims to make room for mistakes.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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Sawkerf

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#4 posted 1181 days ago

Your tips are all good and I would add one more.

Whenever possible, install the drawers and glides before the cabinets are installed. Having access from the back sure saves a lot of time and aggravation.

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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beginner1

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#5 posted 1181 days ago

I just spent 2 days installing slides on drawers. It was my first time. I would add to keep the same center line. In other words, install the slides at the same point on each side. Good luck.

-- Gerald, Illinois

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spunwood

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#6 posted 1181 days ago

Today, I got the drawer jammed in there so tight I finally had to turn one of my hammers

into…

a PERSUADER

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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learnin2do

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#7 posted 1181 days ago

ha-ha! ...that is why I have almost entirely abandoned thought of making anything square! You are a brave one! -remember though, corrected mistakes are the best learning! – you will do a”bang-up job on the next go-round!

-- christine

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Lee Barker

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#8 posted 1181 days ago

I might be able to help if I knew a little more. Faceframe construction?
What type of slide? (white 3/4 extension, zinc full extension, file drawer?)

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...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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SCOTSMAN

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#9 posted 1181 days ago

It’s true a serious pain in the bum if you don’t read the instructions first. Anyway stop grumbling and thanks for bringing it to our attention. You deserve to Have anicer day than you had today. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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spunwood

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#10 posted 1180 days ago

Thanks guys and gals for the help and encouragement.

christine: yeah, I really prefer the stress free projects of my own design, but a good learning experience non the less

Scotsman: thanks for the good wishes and in fact I did have a better day and go at it!

Lee: They were full extension 24” drawer slides which seemed pretty straight foward (1/2” thickness). The real issue was making the whole cabinet square. I should have spent more time squaring the main structure. I got the plans from Design Confidential:

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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spunwood

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#11 posted 1180 days ago

I do have one question…one problem was getting the larger sheet good cuts exact. For these cuts that won’t fit on the table saw, I can get within a 1/4 of an inch using a clamp-n-cut & my circular saw.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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Kevin

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#12 posted 1180 days ago

Spunwood,
You do need to start with getting the carcass square as possible to begin with. I always try for 1/32 – 1/64.

Here is a link with one way of installing.
http://www.ehow.co.uk/video_4463760_attach-drawer-slides-chest-drawers.html

-- Williamsburg, KY

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