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Drawer runners, doublers and wood movement

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Forum topic by iminmyshop posted 628 days ago 857 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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iminmyshop

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628 days ago

Building out of solid wood is fun but accommodating for seasonal wood movement is always a challenge. For cabinetry, when attaching drawer runners and doublers to the carcass, I have generally glued the side pieces only at the front and then used enlarged screw holes to allow for movement.

Suppose however one were to create runners and doublers by gluing up cutoff scraps of wood with the grain running in the same direction as the sides. That would add a step and time to creating them but shouldn’t they then move at the same rate as the sides to which they were attached thereby allowing one to glue them over their entire length? I realize this adds time to a project but I’m a hobbyist and not in any hurry. I’d rather not have to be concerned about later wood movement.


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#1 posted 627 days ago

In theory that should work, but the runners would be weaker and the drawer would be sliding on end grain which is more abrasive and less likely to make a smooth sliding drawer. Why complicate a tried and true solution?

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#2 posted 627 days ago

but the runners would be weaker and the drawer would be sliding on end grain which is more abrasive and less likely to make a smooth sliding drawer

That makes sense. Glad I asked.

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#3 posted 620 days ago

Excuse my ignorance, but what is a doubler?
Is it one of those things that let you make full extension slides?

You could also create a sliding dovetail mortise to hold a runner and simply glue only the front of it to the case.

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#4 posted 618 days ago

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