Do I need a Drawer Slide Jig?

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Forum topic by JAY Made posted 01-02-2015 07:48 PM 974 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JAY Made

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01-02-2015 07:48 PM

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In the next few months I’m going to be doing a lot of projects that will require drawers (Under bed drawers, shop cabinets, Loft bed with storage ect…) Is a a drawer slide jig a good investment? If so what do you recommend? If not can you share any tips for installing them.


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#1 posted 01-02-2015 08:04 PM

I just successfully finished replacing the slides in my kitchen (10 drawers) with out a purchased slide jig. I just picked a point to install the fixed portion of the slides to the cabinet frame, then used spacers when mounting the drawer portion of the slide. A little math and measurement (I sketched it out first) and you’re good to go.

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#2 posted 01-02-2015 08:09 PM

Spacers yes, jig – no.

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#3 posted 01-02-2015 08:12 PM

Don’t waste your $$$.....# 1and 2 posters have it right…..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#4 posted 01-02-2015 08:14 PM

Watch some youtube from downtoearthwoodworks. He has some good drawer install videos. No jigs, just spacers.

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#5 posted 01-02-2015 08:20 PM

I make my own sets of spacers for use in the various install steps. Some are job-specific and others are kept around for permanent use.

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#6 posted 01-02-2015 09:33 PM

If you find yourself fighting gravity,

Turn the cabinet on its side and the slides will stay right where you laid them.

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#7 posted 01-03-2015 04:03 PM

Thank you for all of your replies. I thought buying the jig would be a waste. @Rocky thank for the video suggestion cleared up a lot of questions.

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