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Forum topic by jimmyhopps posted 03-26-2014 08:58 PM 914 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jimmyhopps

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03-26-2014 08:58 PM

I’m wondering if any of you install drawer glides with a slight downward angle, rather than completely level? It seems every dresser drawer in my house is always half open from a push close not quite strong enough. Would cocking the glide downward into the cabinet address this (by a 1/16 or 1/8” over the depth of the cabinet), or would other issues arise? I am aware that I will need to level the drawer box to account for the glide angle (otherwise the drawer front and face frame would not be flush).


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okwoodshop

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#1 posted 03-27-2014 12:58 AM

sounds like a good idea to me but you should do a test to find out if other problems arise.

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MT_Stringer

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#2 posted 03-27-2014 01:02 AM

If you are using a face frame, You would wind up with a drawer front that has an air gap at the bottom.

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zindel

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#3 posted 03-27-2014 01:09 AM

If you buy the good guides you shouldn’t have this problem. This seems to happen a lot with cheap glides but i have had great luck with the self closing glides. They are quite a bit more but they don’t have this problem.

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pintodeluxe

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#4 posted 03-27-2014 01:09 AM

I don’t think it would help with ball bearing slides. Have you looked into self-closing slides? They are available from ultra low budget passive self-closing style, all the way up to Blum high-end slides with dampeners.

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#5 posted 03-27-2014 01:13 AM

I’m wondering if any of you install drawer glides with a slight downward angle, rather than completely level?

No

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#6 posted 03-27-2014 01:16 AM

Never have, but I don’t see where a 1/4” low in the back would hurt anything as long as your matching the angle on your drawer members as well, (keeping your drawer front flat as you were saying).
Make a little mach up and check it out, let us know what happens.

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Monte Pittman

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#7 posted 03-27-2014 01:34 AM

I recently switched the type of slides i am using. It’s made a huge difference in my dressers. My vote would be for better slides.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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NiteWalker

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#8 posted 03-27-2014 02:47 AM

Most decent glides have a catch in the back that keeps the drawer closed with friction.

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Kryptic

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#9 posted 03-27-2014 02:56 AM

drawer guides are 99.999 % installed level, plumb, and square to vertical surfaces

if you have to tilt the dresser to keep the drawers closed

perhaps a more expensive drawer slide will fix the challenge

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Kryptic

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#10 posted 03-27-2014 03:05 AM

thats the answer

skip the expensive drawer guide

and use wooden ones

hoping gravity stops it from opening the drawer from purgatory

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Kryptic

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#11 posted 03-27-2014 03:10 AM

i actually like wooden drawer guides

sorta come full circle where the perfection of tandem motions by Blum, that yield to “dew point” have me modify what works for me

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DrDirt

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#12 posted 03-27-2014 03:12 AM

I install the glides level.

Otherwise the drawer face doesn’t sit right in the opening.

the full extension slides I have used… even the budget case from Woodworkers supply, “locks” closed much like other cabinet door catches. – - the glide gets tight when pushed in, and you feel a little pop/bump so the drawer never just creeps open.

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woodchuckerNJ

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#13 posted 03-27-2014 03:14 AM

so here’s the question back to you. Would you want your drawer closing on you on it’s own, while you are trying to put the clothes in the drawer? You have to remember that it won’t stay open now. So it will close when you want it to stay open.

-- Jeff NJ

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Kryptic

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#14 posted 03-27-2014 03:19 AM

lol

for the rest of your life they will do, as you have come to understand

then the tide comes in

and they wont open

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