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10-13-2014 09:47 PM

I’ve finished building an office desk with four drawers. The top three drawers are 3 to 6 inches high and the bottom drawer will be used as a filing cabinet drawer (eleven inches high). I’m ready to install the drawer slides (side mounted) and I normally position the slides at the middle of the drawer height. However, I’ve looked at some tall drawers and sometimes the slides are at the bottom of the drawer side, sometimes in the middle and sometimes near the top. Does anyone think it makes a difference at what height the slide is located on the drawer side if the drawer is tall and reasonably heavy. It is matters, the drawer is about 22 inches wide and 21 inches deep, one-half inch thick maple and I’m using K&V model 8417 slides. Thanks for any advice you can provide.

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#1 posted 10-13-2014 10:30 PM

I like to put mine about 2 inches above the middle of the drawer height. I have no good proof but think that the drawer is less likely to tilt down when pulled out if they are on the higher part of the drawer side.

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#2 posted 10-14-2014 02:32 PM

Redoak49- Thanks for your advice. I was thinking similarly. I studied engineering in college, but that was so many decades ago that I can’t remember calculations that might prove this belief one way to another, so I’ll probably go with your suggestion.

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