Which drawer guides for inset drawers

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Forum topic by Laughran posted 03-28-2015 01:59 PM 841 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2015 01:59 PM

I am building a sideboard with 4 inset drawers and I’m trying to figure out the best drawer guide to use.
This is my first time building a cabinet with drawers, so it is confusing trying to figure out what would be best.
I don’t want them to be seen at all. Any recommendations ?

-- David

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#1 posted 03-28-2015 03:05 PM

If you don’t want them to be seen, you can use the undermounts.

But for something like this I would urge you to just go with wood runners and kickers.
You don’t really need hardware for drawers like this and IMO it detracts from the furniture, making it look too “manufactured”.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#2 posted 03-28-2015 07:01 PM

I have thought about using wood runners, but I was thinking it would be easier to get the inset spacing with the drawer guides, and besides you can’t see the under mounts if you get the right ones, or am I wrong in thinking that.

-- David

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#3 posted 03-28-2015 08:40 PM

Nothing makes inset drawer spacing easier than runners and kickers. You can set them flush with the openings or inset them 1/32 or so. Nothing says quality hand made construction better either, in my opinion. A nice sharp hand plane is essential for final fitting, of course.

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#4 posted 03-28-2015 09:17 PM

I agree with both rwe and lj. I know that slides, especially full extension ones, are nice to use. But personally I wouldn’t put them on a handmade sideboard. Generally it’ll mean using a false front for the drawer, for one thing (though I guess with undermounts that’s not an issue).

Runners and kickers instead – far easier than wooden runners in a dado. Just make sure that the grain on the sides of the drawers runs in a way that you can plane from front to back, it makes the final fitting with a plane much, much easier (I say this from experience, of course).

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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