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Forum topic by ScotttheSurveyor posted 12-23-2011 06:27 PM 766 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-23-2011 06:27 PM

I want to make some drawers for a cabinet. The slides that I have (came from Lowes) are 16” and there isn’t any directions for them. Is there a fixed distance between the drawer side and cabinet side? Do the slides have to be a certain height above the bottom?
When I get it it finished I’ll post up some pictures and would appreciate any commets good or bad. Thanks!

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#1 posted 12-23-2011 10:13 PM

You can dummy the slides together and stick them in the opening and measure the rest. Big money says it will be a half inch per side.

No rules on where they attach, just avoid having the drawer member screws in line with the bottom dado.

For your first time out, you might want to dummy together a box and fit the drawer just to learn about it. That said, I don’t think there are any big pitfalls.



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#2 posted 12-23-2011 10:31 PM

Almost all drawer glides need 1/2” on either side of the drawer box. I usually make my drawer boxes 1-1/8” narrower than the opening so I have a little “wiggle room” if something is a bit out of square.

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#3 posted 12-23-2011 11:32 PM

Are they ball bearing full extension slides? If they are, put one on top of the other, measure the height, take the height away from the opening width. That will be your drawer width. Heightwise, put them in the centre of the drawer side.
If they are full extension dynamic (undermount) runners, determine the width of the drawer by mounting the runners, and marking a stick to the outside of the runner where the drawer sits. keep them up off the bottom by 5mm.

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