Drawer widths with certain slides?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Designing Woodworking Projects forum

Forum topic by Brett posted 175 days ago 416 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Brett's profile


620 posts in 1278 days

175 days ago

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?

-- More tools, fewer machines.

5 replies so far

View GOOD LUCK TO ALL's profile


418 posts in 322 days

#1 posted 175 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.

View Grandpa's profile


3042 posts in 1270 days

#2 posted 175 days ago

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

View GrandpaLen's profile


1455 posts in 867 days

#3 posted 174 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.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

View skipj's profile


72 posts in 867 days

#4 posted 174 days ago

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

View oldnovice's profile (online now)


3573 posts in 1962 days

#5 posted 173 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!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase