So as most of you know I finished my cabinet a few weeks ago save the drawers. Since my mother’s garage cabinets that some of you have seen, I have had an outright war with drawers. I cannot seem to get them right, ever. I have tried the expensive soft close all the way to the under and side mount white roller slidey ones.
This time was no different.
I bought those crappy white roller wheel sliders because they were cheap and I wanted to try something new (not to mention it was for MY shop and if it failed, so what).
I bought 8 sets of them for $48 total from Menards. After I finally decided to use 1/2 ADX (I think it’s a grade higher than CDX) plywood for the drawers, I quickly realized why people don’t. I wanted to try to use pocket holes, but unfortunately even though I set my setting’s for 1/2” and used 3/4” fine thread (they don’t make coarse) screws, for some reason they wouldn’t watch the wood and the screws didn’t seem long enough.
Alas, I was forced to use glue and brad nails. This being said, they drawers themselves weren’t bad as I used the 1/2” i spoke of earlier along with 1/8” dadoes cut in them for the bottoms that were 1/8” hardboard backed with under runners for strength. I wanted to try my hand at thin dadoes with the table saw as I hasn’t experimented with it yet. It is much more work, but seems ok. Next time i’m using pocket holes and 3/4” plywood. I don’t care how much extra weight it is. I’ll get bigger casters damnit. :)
So…..I took the drawers and started to put in the sliders for them when I realized that the front of the cabinet opening was narrower somehow than the back of the opening and when I put the sliders on, they pulled out of the sliders at the back and went off track. I think that I am going to have to put in a shim back there to make them work better. They do work, but pull funny. If I was using the ball bearing ones that are more expensive, when the sliders reached the back they would bind, and not close all the way because they are a closed system and nowhere to open up to like the ones I have were.
That being said, I guess the ones I got were actually better due to that fact that I can just shim them to make them more efficient.
Anywho, that’s about it. I felt like sharing this and didn’t care that it made me look like a suck. haha It says in my disclaimer on the front that I am NOT a finish carpenter or a pro woodworker. LOL