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Blog entry by Moosesman posted 08-20-2016 01:11 AM 957 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Im making a dresser and don’t want to buy cheap drawer slides and can’t afford the expensive ones. I am a flooring installer and have some oak hardwood flooring scraps. I want to cut out the tongue and groove and use it as the guides for the drawers. They would be screwed into the case sides and then glued into dados on drawers. I tried it on a mock up and it worked pretty good. I wanted to get some thoughts from my fellow lumberjocks. Here is a pic of the tongue and groove cut out. l
My thought is the tongue dadoed into the drawers and the grooves on the case.

-- Cut it chop it rip it....make it!!!!

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#1 posted 08-20-2016 02:04 AM

It looks like a good idea.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 08-20-2016 03:32 AM

I am doing that with pine flooring, just put some beeswax and they run very smooth.

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#3 posted 08-20-2016 04:57 AM

Never tried beeswax but paraffin works real good and is cheap! Most hardwoods really do not need anything and will last a lifetime. The wax just makes it easier to slide.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 08-20-2016 05:20 AM

That is a great idea. I’ve got an old bench my Dad got when the air base he was stationed at closed. He had the physical plant crew build it for his crew working in the radar. It’s made out of plywood. The draws slide on a plywood rabbet. They were a real PIA till I took some Minwax paste wax to the rabbets and the bottoms of the drawers. They slide so smoothly now you’d almost think that they had metal slides.

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#5 posted 08-20-2016 05:46 PM

I bought some PTFE, Teflon tape which when you think about sounds weird, which I used on wooden runners.
A table my son built in high school which after a few months the drawers started sticking.

I also used it on by converted water bed rebuild. When we discarded the water bed portion of the bed we kept the base with all the drawers, I covered the upper edges of the base that made contact with the new plywood to eliminate any squeaking.

I used 3/4” wide tape from Uline, not cheap but it works very well..
I have also used the “slick strips”, (HDPE) like Woodriver sells.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#6 posted 08-22-2016 08:04 PM

There will be the usual problems with wood guides, such as limited drawer extension and eventual binding. They will need occasional maintenance due to the very nature of wood-on-wood movement.
I only use wood slides for very small drawers that will be used infrequently.

Cry once and get the good slides.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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