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ghazard

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06-19-2009 02:31 PM

My Unlce is referbing some of the drawers in his house and they are in need of new drawer slides. Just a simple “U” channel mounted in the center of the drawer. I am thinking Maple will do the trick since it is hard and inexpensive…?

The other big question is whether or not to put a finish on them. The only reason I was considering it was to help harden the surface and to ward off warping or other movement that may bind the drawer. I would do a penetrating oil so not to change the dimensions of pieces. Good idea? or don’t worry about it?

He is in Denver so humiditiy is low but a few of them will be in a full bathroom…is shower moisture something to be worried about?

Thanks!

Greg

-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"


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#1 posted 06-19-2009 04:10 PM

Drawer gliders/slides should NEVER have a finish on them. Humidity will affect them regardless of ANY type of finish you put on wood. I use quartersawn lumber for my slides since the expansion/contraction is minimal this way. A centermounted sliding dovetail slide will make the drawers more stable when pulling them out, versus a u channel slide.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#2 posted 06-19-2009 04:25 PM

10-4. Thanks Julian.

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#3 posted 06-19-2009 04:29 PM

Wooden Drawer Slides http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=198

SlipIt http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=213

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#4 posted 06-19-2009 04:31 PM

A little wax won’t hurt

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#5 posted 06-19-2009 04:34 PM

I use hard maple and paste wax. Hasn’t let me down yet!

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#6 posted 06-19-2009 04:47 PM

same here, but most of the time i use hickory.. i harvest that myself, johnsons paste wax. sliding dovetails with a sheet of paper clearance between the two for play. the 1st ones i built were frozen shut during the humid summer. i had to take them back to the shop, run a dehumidifer and wait almost a week to get them open. lessons learned

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#7 posted 06-19-2009 06:39 PM

Just came back from the wood store…I went with Oak based on the selection of boards they had that were the right thickness (so no planing on my part) and the short time frame I have to make them.

What is the differance between bees wax and paste wax…I have a bar of bees wax…will that work.

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#8 posted 06-19-2009 09:08 PM

FLOOR WAX ! Bee’s wax will be more resistant than Johnson’s Paste Floor Wax…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#9 posted 06-19-2009 09:10 PM

...and regular old bath bar soap works just fine but does not last as long…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#10 posted 06-19-2009 09:54 PM

What about Nylon Tape?

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#11 posted 06-19-2009 10:14 PM

You can use candle wax in a pinch also. Beeswax isn’t a good choice due to the fact that it’s mildly sticky.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#12 posted 06-20-2009 04:28 PM

I prefer beeswax but I get it 50 cent to the pound. (I do have to filter it myself). I mix it with mineral oil let it stand for about a day and buff off -no sticky mess here. I believe brewax is mixed with mineral spirits, but don’t quote me on that one.

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