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Forum topic by Scott C. posted 524 days ago 638 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Scott C.

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524 days ago

I’m designing a bedroom set and I’m trying to figure out how to do the drawers. I’ve seen alot of projects on here that seem to have no runners, guides or slides, just tight fitting drawers. I’m wondering if anyone can point me in the direction of resources that describe different techniques for dresser and drawer construction and techniques for how to seat the drawers?

-- measure twice, cut once, swear and start over.


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TCCcabinetmaker

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#1 posted 522 days ago

There is almost always some kind of runner or slide, be it wooden or metal. I typically like to use ball bearing slides on my furniture and european on my cabinets…

The ball bearing slides are just so much quieter than wood dragging across wood.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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tenontim

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#2 posted 521 days ago

I like to use runners. It seems to keep the drawer level the best. You can also use a kicker, along the top of each side. Just make sure you install your stops, so the drawer doesn’t come out too far. If you have a subscription to finewoodworking.com I’m sure you can find some info on there about drawer guide choices.

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sprucegum

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#3 posted 521 days ago

A well sanded and waxed wood runner and a snug fitting drawer is my favorite way to go on dressers it just seems more traditional. For metal slides I like the blum soft close under mount slides they work nice and are pretty well hidden. I know a very good cabinet maker who uses his own shop made wood dovetail undermount slides.

-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't

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