|Forum topic by Dan Lyke||posted 08-25-2008 06:22 PM||20978 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
08-25-2008 06:22 PM
I’m doing up drawings for a bunch of kitchen cabinets, and given that we’ve got a small house with a small kitchen, a couple of those cabinets are going to be fairly shallow. For instance, I’m laying out a full wall cupboard that I’m wanting to make about 3 cans, or the width of a cereal box, deep. Because of hardware issues, though, it may end up a bit deeper.
So I’ve got two questions:
First, how wide can I make a drawer relative to its depth? I’ve got two drawers that I could make as wide as 2’, although I suppose at that width I have to do something about the potential for a sagging drawer bottom (though one axis will only be 9”, but would I experience racking issues if I have a drawer that wide, even with high quality slides?
Second, what other sources for soft-close slides are there? We like the Blum Tandem Blumotion, but it looks like their slides that for 9” drawers that have a minimum cabinet depth of 10½” deep may be discontinued. Knape & Vogt’s 9” slides don’t have soft-close, though I would like to try them out. I’m seeing that Futaba makes a side mount slide, I’m not sure if we’re going to be okay with visible slides, but I’d like to try them out.
I also see that Accuride now makes a soft-close slide, but their self-closing slide had a lot of spring to it, which made the drawer seem like it was always being slammed, so I’m skeptical. But I’m looking for more options.
All input gratefully accepted. I’m also totally happy to take suggestions that’ll save money, but I live in Northern California, the house cost $500/square foot and the kitchen will be done up in maple and mahogany with Baltic Birch or ApplePly frames, so a couple of hundred bucks more or less in slides as I redo this kitchen doesn’t matter too much. Cost is a concern, but it’s clearly not the primary concern.
-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke