Drawer widths with certain slides?

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I am building a tool cabinet with several drawers that will be almost 24” wide. I want to use full-extension slides, (Accuride 3832, 20” long) but the specifications say the slides can be used on drawers only up to 16” wide. How seriously should I regard this max-width limitation? What other options do I have?

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#1 posted 214 days ago

You will be OK. The guides will still work fine. Maybe be a little more wobbly going in, you’ll just have to make sure you push them in straight and from the center.
Make you a little mach up and see how it works for you first.

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#2 posted 214 days ago

I agree. As long as the drawer is stiff and you watch the weight limit you will be okay.

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#3 posted 213 days ago

Drawer slides are weight rated, to include the weight of the drawer materials. If you do not surpass the weight limit and your drawer is stiff enough to not sag, your slides won’t know how wide your drawer is.

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#4 posted 213 days ago

Len is correct.
Dresssr 30” wide
Pantry cab. 28”
Slides are the 20” 3832

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#5 posted 212 days ago

I used Accuride ball bearing slides 18” long on a 27-1/2” wide set of 7 drawers of various heights without any problem. I also used the Fulterer brand (an Accuride direct replacement) in a similar application without any problems.

Other than getting the drawer started when first inserting the drawer into the mounted slides I do not know why they have that mentioned in their specifications!

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