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Forum topic by dave59330 posted 08-25-2009 07:44 PM 1270 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-25-2009 07:44 PM

Hello all,

I’m new here, I have done basic wood projects, but I want to get into something nicer. I’ve looked on ebay for what I want and it’s like $1500 + shipping and I can make it for a lot less multiple times (due to mistakes).

What I want to build is a base with drawers for my king size bed. I am going to need some tips and advice for making dove tail joints and drawer slides. I want to build everything from scratch. ebay item number 150361833957 is something like what I’m thinking.

So anyway what I’m thinking is a 12” frame with 4 drawers about 30”x30”x8” tall.

Question #1, will I need a center slide on these drawers this big or will 1 on each side be fine?

I want these drawers to slide back in via gravity when not in use so there is no toe stubbing going on at 3am when we get up to use the restroom.

Question #2, what degree should I angle these drawers at so gravity would be able to pull them back in?

Question #3, what brand of drawer slides do you recommend?

I’ll have more questions as I go.

Thanks in advance,


-- Whether you think you can or think you can't, your right. Henry Ford

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#1 posted 08-26-2009 05:12 AM

Hey David
Thats a big bed. your drawers will need glides on both sides and there’s not a way to slant your drawers so there self closing . There is some hardware that closes drawers but I don’t know if the make Them that big and heavy duty like you will need for a drawer that big. blum,accuride make good glides .
Besides you questions you need to think about what kind of tools you need to build your bed. At minimum you will need a circular saw but a table saw would be better also a router and router bits. a drill of some sort.
a work bench or table, yellow glue, a sander radium orbital works best,sandpaper in a number of different grits,
wood filler,wood finish of some sort,paint brushes or sprayer. That’s enough to give you a good idea .

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#2 posted 08-27-2009 04:49 AM

Hey David

What about using some giant rubber bands to return the drawers to their closed position?

Seriously, tho’ Jim’s comments are excellent. One thing I would add, though, is that if you can find a cabinet saw – new or used – you’ll end up with much better, straighter, cleaner joints. Only trouble, tho’ is the cost.

Best of luck wood working. I hope that you have a high tolerance for frustration, as we are all prone to make mistakes from time to time.

Brian in Thornton
(720) 480-1290

-- Brian now in Albuquerque, NM

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#3 posted 08-27-2009 06:21 PM

why wouldn’t angled sliders work? there are drawers made for the kitchen that close by themselfs. There’s got to be a way to make them for a bed frame, just a little bigger. Even if I was to have to go with four sliders per drawer where the front stays at the same height and the back lowers into the bed frame. I’m just going to try a few of my own ideas out and let you know how it works out.

After all, whether you think you can or think you can’t, your right

-- Whether you think you can or think you can't, your right. Henry Ford

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#4 posted 08-27-2009 06:38 PM

Some thoughts Dave….Make your drawer sides from 3/4” baltic birch. Use Accuride 3832 guides, they are heavy duty and self closing. No need to dovetail the drawers, you can rabbet the sides for the front and back. You should consider a 3/8” thick drawer bottom.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#5 posted 08-27-2009 11:31 PM

dave, you don’t need to angle the drawers. Buy the right drawer guide that is self closing. There are several brands—Blum, Accuride, KV, Grass, etc. Check out your local building supply if you have one (not the box stores), and see what they have to offer. Rockler and others also carry them online. has a good selection too.
Jim & Don had good input also


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#6 posted 08-28-2009 03:47 AM

ok, that’s cool. I live in the sticks so we only make it to a big town once a month. I want to get all my ducks in a row. That’ll make it a lot easier.

Another question. Shopsmith Mark V machines, are they fairly easy to disassemble? Ebay has tons of these at a reasonable price, but no shipping, pick up only. a road trip is not a problem, I was just wondering if I could get it all in a jeep liberty or if I would have to take my minivan.

-- Whether you think you can or think you can't, your right. Henry Ford

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