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Forum topic by Kaleb the Swede posted 10-13-2013 01:07 AM 788 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Kaleb the Swede

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10-13-2013 01:07 AM

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I am now in the process of building a chest of drawers for the little wife. I am going to put runners on either side of the case. They will be mortise and tenoned into the drawer dividers front and back. My opening is 30 inches, or 76 centimeters. Do I need to have a runner down the middle with the drawer being so large, or is that just overkill?

Thanks in advance

The swede

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#1 posted 10-13-2013 01:23 AM

I think if you intend on having a center mounted drawer slide, then yes put a runner in the middle…
Nice dovetails !....looking forward to seeing your project post !

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#2 posted 10-13-2013 02:59 AM

Thanks kdc. I’m just wondering about the stress from the bigger drawer. Thanks again

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#3 posted 10-13-2013 03:31 AM

As a rule in the shop I never make a drawer larger than 24 inches wide or deep because I know I will overload it at some point and will be mad at myself for not putting in an extra slide. But since this is for clothes and not heavy hand tools and such you could do without. My 100 year old dresser is 36 inches wide and had never had any issues until my daughter decided to stand inside it and jump. (Laughing) Myself having put all that work into the details with dovetails as you have I would add a middle support, just to be sure. I look forward to seeing the finished project.

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#4 posted 10-13-2013 03:50 AM

As long as the drawer bottom is sturdy enough, you won’t need the middle support. I would probably put it in anyway, but I have a tendency to over build my furniture. the dovetails look great.

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#5 posted 10-13-2013 04:26 AM


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#6 posted 10-13-2013 10:48 AM

On my bigger drawers I use thicker sanded plywood for the bottom to compensate.

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#7 posted 10-13-2013 12:19 PM


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#8 posted 10-13-2013 12:27 PM

Thanks all. I am planning on using a good baltic birch bottom, but I figure what the heck, I’ll throw in the middle support, it’s not hurting anything. And yes this is for clothes. So thanks again guys, always nice of you guys to have a look

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