Has Anyone Used Side Mount Slides as Centermount?

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Topic tags/keywords: slides drawer drawer slides centermount undermount side mount accuride centerline

I have some Centerline (Rocklers version of Accuride) 18” full extension ball bearing drawer slides. They are designed to be side mounted to the drawer box. They don’t look that different from the centermount slides I have purchased, which are designed to be mounted under the drawer (in pairs or single slides). So, my question is can I install side mount slides as centermount?

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#1 posted 619 days ago

I wouldn’t recommend it. Even though they look similar
they aren’t designed for it and will tend to sag.


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#2 posted 619 days ago

Air stream trailers have done that for years.
They use an upper guide bar to stop any sag.

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#3 posted 619 days ago

The side mounts are not really designed for that kind of load. It’s pretty easy to extend one, flat, and pop it apart. Little steel balls everywhere!

I could persuade myself to do it if the load were light and the use minimal. Otherwise, the ones specced for that application would be my choice.



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#4 posted 619 days ago

I know a custom furniture maker on another forum that uses those slides that way, and claims no problems. It just never looked to me like a good idea to me, so I haven’t tried it.

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#5 posted 619 days ago

you can always build a bridge in the center that looks like the side of a drawer box.

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#7 posted 619 days ago

Not to buck the trend, but I have done it.
I used side mount full extension Accuride slides in pairs under a whole kitchen full of drawers when we rebuilt our house in 2005.
Do they sag a little at full extension? Yes, a little but in practice you never do that. The only time they get opened all the way is to reach something at the very back and you just open the drawer with one hand and remove the item with the other before re-closing. There’s never been a problem and they work just fine. I wouldn’t recommend using them in a shop or for heavy articles but for kitchen utensils etc. .............No Problem.

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#8 posted 619 days ago

+ 1 Bill is dead on right! If you consider yourself to have a shred of dignity, a smidgin of craftsmanship, a touch of reality etc. Either do it right or hire someone you can blame for the poor results due to your low budget or cheap approach to a situation.

If you want a concealed slide they make them, they work beautiflully, and they have a price tag! Mounting a slide sideways is a poor substitute!

Sorry, had a cocktail or two, shorted out my political correct filter.

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