driving screws for metal drawer slides straight into melamine covered chiphoard

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Forum topic by Vjeko posted 11-22-2013 09:43 AM 1255 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-22-2013 09:43 AM

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long title / simple question for the experienced – just in case there is a better way to do it
since quite a bit of work is ahead of me in the house and maybe I can do it better/learn

When mounting metal drawer slides/glides eg Blum – I usually just locate the drawer part, mark and
center punch lightly into the melamine to make it easier to screw the small screws.
The problem is that sometimes the screws don’t go in perfectly straight and
the head is not seated perfectly – do I just need more practice or is there something
I can do to improve the result ?

-- Vjeko Balas - Croatia

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#1 posted 11-22-2013 10:39 AM

Have you seen these?:

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#2 posted 11-22-2013 12:09 PM

+1 to the above post. At the very least, predrill the holes, if you aren’t already doing so.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#3 posted 11-22-2013 01:31 PM

+1 and, I’d dab a bit of CA on the screws. Chip board is not the best at holding screws.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 11-22-2013 02:13 PM

OK, thanks, so even though these screws are very small you suggest predrilling with
a centering drill bit – will try it

-- Vjeko Balas - Croatia

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