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12-01-2014 11:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: drawers slides rockler centerline alignment cabinets

Question..I have built 16 inset drawers from baltic birth 5/8 using table saw lock joints. I have checked the boxes for square and they are within about 2mm on the diagonals (28”x18”)

Most of the drawers are fine.. There are a couple that when I pull the drawer all the way out, one side seems to keep extending about 1/4”.

(1) I have checked the squareness of the drawers (2mm on the diagonals)
(2) I have checked the drawers for level (yes)
(3) I have even taken one of the drawers out and turned in around and redid the slides.. still pulls out the 1/4” on the same side.
(4) I have checked the distance from the outside edge of the drawer to the edge of the cabinet and the distances range from .500-.521… So I think that should be within tolerances.
(5) both of the cabinet screwed glides are up to the edge of the cabinet (minus future drawer thickness)

Anybody experienced anything like this before?

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#1 posted 12-01-2014 11:05 PM

Could be your cabinet box is out of square. The 2 sides could be parallel but maybe not truly square.

See what happens if you shim the back of the guide out a little. (if you have the play) Also might shim the front of the opposite guide, again if you have the play.

If it gets any better then I would say that’s the problem, if not, I’m not really sure without being there and messing with it.

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#2 posted 12-05-2014 02:42 PM

crickets ?

Any follow up? Did you figure it out?

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#3 posted 12-05-2014 03:03 PM

Hey..sorry..I appreciate your reply. I am not sure if that is it as if the cabinet was a parallelogram vs square, I would think all of the drawers in 1 vertical would be having the same issue. It is typically 1 drawer that is behaving this way.

I did want to follow up and try measure the diagonals within a drawer space to see if I could see if something was off.

I am also trying to think about if there is a shortcut way to test this. Example… if the cabinet is shifted/skewed to the right (front is more right than the back), would that make the drawer when open go the other way?

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#4 posted 12-05-2014 03:16 PM

If it’s not a squareness issue (somewhere) I would try to swap guides and see if it still does it.
May be a bad guide, but probably not. I still think something is out of square somewhere.
(are both guides even, front to back?) Are the drawers flush with the face when you push them in, or does one side stick out?

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#5 posted 12-05-2014 04:16 PM

Good idea on swapping the slides. I did rotate the drawer 180 and it still had the issue..so bad slide might be it. I am heading out of town for the weekend..so will be early next week before I can try.

thanks for the suggestions

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#6 posted 12-09-2014 03:19 PM

Ok.. you may have hit on a big factor.

I kept the part of the slide that attaches to the drawer the same, but switched the parts that attach to the cabinet walls.

Prior switch – the left side of the drawer over traveled
after switch – the right side of the drawer over traveled.

Do you think I have a bad drawer slide?

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