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DIY Drawer Slide Jig With Leveling Knob

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Project by James E McIntyre posted 12-10-2020 09:08 PM 1336 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have several more cabinets to up grade from the 80’s style cathedral doors into the classic Arts And Crafts style.

This is what the cabinets looked like before starting the project. Not that I don’t like Cathedral style doors I don’t like them on bottom cabinets
And I like A&C better.

Installing slides that are 3/4” from the sides of the carcass is a back and body straining task.

I was going to buy the Kreg Jig but decided to make and design one of my own.

This jig can be used on both sides of the cabinet by flipping it over and switching the knob to the opposite side. Where the Kreg jig comes in a pair.


I made a knob from 3/8” mahogany and cut it into an octagon on the band saw.


Counter sinking to the depth of the the head on the toilet bolt, I then drilled through the center for the 1/4-20 thread.

I notice that before I install the knob on the jig that it tilted downward when I clamped it to the face frame.
This was due to protruding staples and pocket screws behind the face frame. The knob allows the slides to be leveled.


Using this bolt cutting jig I made to cut the bolt to size. It has a 1/4-20 nut on the other side to thread the bolt after it’s cut. The bolt is threaded through a piece of 1/2” hard wood. The other side is set up for a 5/16” & 3/8” bolts.

I epoxied the bolt into the knob.


I drilled 13/64” holes, then tapped them with a 1/4-20 tap.

Using the jig to install the slides.

Thanks for visiting.

-- James E McIntyre





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splintergroup

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#1 posted 12-10-2020 09:17 PM

Handy tool James!

Glad to see some people still like to roll their own versus buying. You can buy a nice and versatile jig but a little scrap and time is more satisfying 8^)

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#2 posted 12-10-2020 10:16 PM



Handy tool James!

Glad to see some people still like to roll their own versus buying. You can buy a nice and versatile jig but a little scrap and time is more satisfying 8^)

- splintergroup

Thanks Splinter.
I think their Vaping now. When we were young we preferred old fashioned hand crafted things.

-- James E McIntyre

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#3 posted 12-10-2020 11:44 PM

Good jo, will save a lot of time and agurvation.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 12-10-2020 11:49 PM

Clever thinking, nice jig.
Thanks for sharing.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#5 posted 12-11-2020 05:29 PM

Thanks Oldrivers and Mafe.

-- James E McIntyre

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#6 posted 12-12-2020 12:22 AM

Very handy tool!!...Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 12-12-2020 03:20 PM



Very handy tool!!...Jim

- Jim Jakosh

Thanks Jim.

-- James E McIntyre

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#8 posted 12-14-2020 03:43 PM

That”s a great little jig, very clever..

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#9 posted 12-14-2020 06:38 PM



That”s a great little jig, very clever..

- Joe

Thanks Joe. Your input is always appreciated.

-- James E McIntyre

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