drawer glides for wide drawers?

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02-26-2014 02:27 AM

I was on the Accuride web site trying to determine which glide to get for an upcoming project. their literature talks a bit about maximum drawer widths for certain (standard, similar to the HD Liberty ones) glides, apparently due to lateral forces. Anyone ever had a problem with this?

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#1 posted 02-26-2014 04:21 AM

Yes, I have experienced this. I haven’t reviewed their specifications, but in general for wider drawers you want to allow yourself a bit more wiggle room for the gap between the drawer face and face frame (for inset drawers) to accommodate the racking that will occur. The racking might be minor but if you are dealing with a tight tolerance the drawer will bind. This is particularly true on a drawer with 2 pulls since people normally open it using just one which applies uneven pressure and creates the racking effect. An overlay design is a safer choice for wider drawers.

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#2 posted 02-26-2014 04:34 AM

I had to build a set of 2 1/2’ wide drawers to hold rolls of vinyl to make vinyl signs on a pin plotter.
I don’t know if it was right or not but I used bottom slides about 1/3 in from each side and also side mount slides.

I could put my 230 lbs of lard behind in those drawers with no racking or sagging.

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#3 posted 02-26-2014 01:30 PM

I just built a machine for an automotive supplier that had a 53” wide drawer-like feature.
I used Accuride’s heaviest glides, the 9301xx series.
Those glides are rated to carry 500 lbs when side mounted and 150 lbs when mounted flat and under a drawer.
I mounted two of them under the bottom in the flat orientation. That way the ball bearings absolutely prevent any racking. They worked extremely well; exceeding all my expectations and those glides are now in operation being used every 53 seconds all day long.

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#4 posted 02-26-2014 01:57 PM

You should pay attention to their recommendations, but we regularly exceed them. It does help to take measures to stiffen up your boxes, and that they get hardware’ed correctly. (designers love to put two pulls on wide drawers, when functionally one centered is much better..of course, have you ever argued with a designer?:) In my experience the higher end of Accuride allows for the widest boxes of all the common brands. We do a 3” 1/2” ply stretcher front to back about every 16” of width. This helps a lot to keep the box from twisting in the first place.

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#5 posted 02-26-2014 08:25 PM

I use these on wide drawers.


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#6 posted 02-27-2014 06:55 AM

AlaskaGuy, I don’t get a picture when I click on your link, just a teeny-tiny box with an “X” in the middle of it.

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