Splines vs Biscuit Joiner #6: Quick drawer question for the more experienced!

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Blog entry by RonPeters posted 08-29-2010 03:07 AM 2361 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok, so I’ve changed the design of the drawers a bit on my bench cabinet. I decided that instead of sliding on wood rails – per the plan – that it would be much better to use side mount ball bearing sliders.

The plan calls for 19-3/4” deep (carcass is 20” deep) but they don’t make 19” sliders. I got 18”s.

The width of the drawer is 23” (I know, I’ve read that they shouldn’t be wider than the slider, oh well…) Depth of the drawer is 3-3/4” and there will be a 3/16” thick bottom within that dimension. I figure it’s not going to hold 100lbs of stuff (limit on the slider pair).

The Question: Should I make the drawers 18” deep to fit the slider, or is there a fudge factor allowed where I could make them say, 19” deep?

Drawers are new to me…thank you….


-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#1 posted 08-29-2010 04:27 AM

Have to agree with Shopguryl. The last 1 3/4” won’t make much of a difference and will still allow you to see to the back of the drawer enough to find whatever you may be looking for. You’ll enjoy the ease of opening and closing the drawers as much as you will be in them. The 100 pound rating will give you the added assurance the guides holding up to its constant use.

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#2 posted 08-29-2010 05:23 AM

I made mine drawers deeper and that hidden space always collects stuff that I can’t find.

Shorten the drawer unless you can get slides that open more than the depth of the drawer. They actually open more than 100%

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#3 posted 08-29-2010 05:30 AM

Yes, full extension guides.

Thanks! Just what I needed. I haven’t cut the drawers yet and my board stretcher is on the blink! Hate to screw it up first go-round….

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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