Router Table & Unit #4: Drawer Sliders

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Blog entry by EdsCustomWoodCrafts posted 11-04-2014 03:11 AM 1308 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Router container box & drawer supports completed Part 4 of Router Table & Unit series Part 5: Sides Cut »

Where do I start, bad start to the day with this project!!!!!!

After a solid week of researching the different drawer slider systems out there I finnally decided to go with a ” center under mount” from richeleau.

I measured the depth of the space I will be putting the drawer and I got 17” so I went to Lowes and asked an associate if they had a 17” center mount slider he said they didn’t but they did have a 22” piece abd that it could be cut to size with a hacksaw… Great I’m thinking to myself and they were much cheaper than there website had suggested.

I get home and look at the slider noticing tgere is no possible way to cut this, there were way to many moving parts, I even called the company and asked if it cut be cut, they said NO. The rep had suggested getting a smaller size and making up the difference so I did.. I got a 16” slider and added a piece of wood to make up the 1” difference.

I’m not done but I’m feeling a little better, I wish the big box stores would train there staff and not waste my day !!!!!!

The moral of the story spend 2 weeks researching and don’t ask any diy stores associates any questions!!!!!

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown” . Come check out my website for more about what I make and how at

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#1 posted 11-04-2014 04:25 AM

All very valuable ‘lessons learned’. I went through similar learning experience with slides.

-- Smitty

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#2 posted 11-04-2014 04:38 AM

Very rare to get consistent service anywhere, much less the big box stores. They do not waste their time training their staff because they know they will be gone within the year. They do not even try to keep staff with better pay or incentives.

I have a Kilgore’s Lumber and Hardware near my house. Privately owned mom and pop shop. Everybody knows their stuff, I get great service and advice, and I always feel welcome.

Are they the cheapest in town?...................... No.

But, I would like to see more people vote with their dollars like I do. I am willing to pay a little more for consistent service and to support my local business man.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#3 posted 11-04-2014 02:17 PM

Brad (Timbertailor) is spot on. The local hardware store may be a bit more expensive, but you get what you pay for.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#4 posted 11-04-2014 10:28 PM

Hey Ed,
Why are you agonizing over the drawer slides not fitting your cabinet??
I have been making my own guides lately and have been very happy with the results.

As you know, the roller bearing drawer slide is a modern thing, but drawers go back thousands of years. I have copied old furniture drawings I found on the net and pieces in antique shops. I also have a expensive chest of drawers that is quite old and slides like a dream … I copied that for some shop drawers.

Take a look at what the old timers did, it’s a heck of a lot easier than installing the steel sliders.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#5 posted 11-04-2014 11:45 PM

Thanks everyone for your opinions.. To be honest this project has way more components in it than I thought … But I’m hopefully i’m hoping it will be all worth it in the end

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown” . Come check out my website for more about what I make and how at

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