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Forum topic by RockerNJ posted 03-24-2015 04:13 AM 1157 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-24-2015 04:13 AM

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My neighbors kid wants a new dresser. I wanted her to be part of the process, so I asked her to draw me a picture. From that I kind of winged the measurements, and came up with something reasonable (I think!).

My question is: How would you finish out this carcass/faceframe to accommodate side mounted full extension drawer slides? The drawer fronts are to overlap the faceframe (I was thinking approx 1/2” on all sides?).

The rails/stiles are all 1 1/2” except the bottom one, which is 2 1/2”, and the carcass sides/top/bottom are 23/32”

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#1 posted 03-24-2015 05:52 AM

With an odd drawer configuration like that, I’d be leaning towards a 3/4” thick plywood back so the slides can be attached to rear hanging brackets. They screw into the face frame at the front and attach to brackets in the back.

Blum undermount slides are a pain to figure out for the first time but they are super nice once you’ve figured them out. Rear brackets are sold as an optional accessory and the same can be obtained for conventional, side-mount slides.

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#2 posted 03-24-2015 07:05 AM

Dittoon the Blum Undermounts. They are forever!, and you don’t see em. the .5” overlap is fine. You will have to shim the sides for supporting the side-mounted guides though.

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#3 posted 03-24-2015 07:05 AM


If it were me, I would add a center shelf and dividers as shown below, and some spacers to “pad out” the dividers to be flush with the face frame. Then the side-mount slides mount easily.

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#4 posted 03-24-2015 10:21 AM

For a dresser you don’t need full extension slides or any slides at all, for that matter.

I would go traditional with dust frames and kickers.

You’re talking 8 pairs of slides.

Save the money and get some really nice drawer front lumber.

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#5 posted 03-24-2015 11:10 AM

Jerryminer. I think your post was the confirmation I was looking for. And I’m still going to look at those Blum Undermounts that Greg and JAAune suggested. I’m always open to trying out different things.

Thanks so much guys!

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#6 posted 03-25-2015 01:23 AM

The Blum Tandem undermounts are a very nice product—-we use them (563H) all the time in our shop. If you decide to use them, make sure you understand the installation spec.s, as they are very specific in drawer length as well as width (and the rear notch and drill).

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#7 posted 03-25-2015 02:13 AM

Those small drawers look pretty narrow to me. By the time you subtract 1 1/16th inch for the side mount thickness, and 1 inch for the two drawer sides, that is going to leave you with a small drawer inside dimension. Just saying.

My thinking is make the small drawers 1/3 the size of the adjacent drawer which would be the other two thirds of the cabinet width. Just thinking out loud.

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