Full extension drawers #2: Cowardly backing out to industrial hardware

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Blog entry by yuridichesky posted 02-18-2014 03:15 PM 1400 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The title says it all, no shop-made slides but soul-less metal ball-rolling ones instead:

Earlier I wrote that I didn’t find any of them around, it turned out I just looked in wrong places.

In fact I undertook another attempt to make full-extension slides from aluminum extrusions and wooden runners (some different design), and it helped me to realize that it’s just too much ado to cut, drill, and file aluminum. Doing all this with wood is a pleasure for me, messing with aluminum – not that much. So purchasing industrial slides was a purchase of a time to work wood, not aluminum. Result of such “purchase” is tool chest of drawers ready for glue-up (the case already glued, see pics above):

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#1 posted 02-18-2014 05:13 PM

At some point, you just gotta go with mass-manufactured stuff. For the price you get get 100# ball-bearing glides for these days, it’s just not worth it to make your own.

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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#2 posted 02-18-2014 05:29 PM

Big job on dovetailing btw. Respect! And very nice vice wheel (where did you get it?)

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#3 posted 02-18-2014 07:27 PM

grfrazee, that is very true.

Sergey, thank you. The wheel is my flea-market haul. As well as vise screw and the nut. Have a look here for some details (starting from comment 3343 and downwards): (whole thread is just great btw).

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#4 posted 02-19-2014 12:41 AM

You are always doing something interesting. Great DTs. And thanks for the link to Smackdown thread I don’t think I was following that thread then so it was nice to learn more about your bench build.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 02-19-2014 01:39 AM

Drawer slides are one of the concessions we make. Wooden glides are something that’s cool to make and prove to yourself that you can. Unfortunately, they are not practical time wise.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 02-19-2014 07:44 AM

Andy, thank you. I have bunch of photos about from workbench build, and sooner or later will put them on the blog/project.

Monte, that’s exactly the point. OT: wish you to get into your new shop as soon as possible.

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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