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hi all,

found my new passion a year or two ago; began by making a queen storage bed, progessed to more storage beds, side tables, console tables, end tables, dressers :)

so far, i've installed the cheezy-sort of slide (the euro slide with nylon rollers). ok for the job but doesn't hold much weight and only 3/4 slides are what i can usually find at big blue. have also installed at least a dozen full extension ball bearing slides; they work ok too, but the tolerance in the width of the drawer box is very unforgiving. i've also made drawers with no mechanical slides at all where there was no width to spare; simply put maple runners in place, well sanded and polished.

i'm making a white pine console table now, and trying to figure out what kind of slides to use. the drawers are wide but not deep; they won't carry much weight (maybe remote controls, ds games, a few dvds, etc). started using sketchup to design my projects; as you can see in the mock up, i've put one drawer (box) in place. i'd love to have some input from folks who've used different types of slides.

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Blum undermount slides are the only ones I use anymore. I think the model number is 563H but I'm going by memory here. They're a pain to figure out the first time but once that is out of the way, they're easier to mount, have more adjustment range and smoother operation. The catch is cost as you'll typically spend twice as much. The drawer boxes also need to be designed to accommodate them.
I used Accuride side mount slides. No problems at all, very solid, reasonable price on Amazon.
I have had good success with GlideRite slides last 6 years or so. Slowly converting from any Euro slides to these as I go. You can order direct from them. If you buy a 10 pack much cheaper than singles.


I like Knapp and Vogt MuV34 concealed undermount full extension soft close drawer slides. These accommodate drawer boxes with sides that are ¾" thick. For what it is worth, the manufacturer offers a lifetime limited warranty.

These slides take some extra milling in the back of the drawer box and the drawer width must be just right. My first attempt with these slides revealed that I cannot follow written instructions very well. But my second set of drawer boxes and those that followed were just the right size. These slides also require the drawer cavity to be within a given size range, otherwise the slides will not fit.

The installed slides require a slightly greater effort to begin opening the drawer, but less effort than with wooden slides. Once the drawer box is about 3" from the close position, the slide takes over and closes the drawer by itself. The slides are invisible but the invisibility costs a little interior drawer depth. The slides operate smoothly and seem to be trouble free. The link is my source for these slides. If you select a slide on this web page, links are offered that yield specifications and installation instructions.
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thanks everyone for all your replies.

one more question: if you chose to forgo mechanical slides, what did you use and how satisfied were you? why did you choose?

My preference is for mechanical slides. I like the ease with which the mechanical slides operate, especially when the drawer gets loaded down with stuff. However, on a recent project that featured a slide-out shelf, no mechanical sides were used. Since I wanted the shelf to slide smoothly without having to periodically re-wax wooden components, I added some Ultra High Molecular Weight (UHMW) slick tape. The stuff I bought was 3" wide so I had to trim it down. It came with an adhesive impregnated back so it was self-adhering. It seems to work pretty well. The UHMW Slick Tape is the second item listed at…
I'm a fan of mechanical slides as well: better user experience, better longevity, and easier to replace if something ever does go wrong. I have mainly used Accuride side mount, but just bought a bunch of KV side mounts for a dresser that I'm building. One thing to be aware of if you go with mechanical slides, most of the standard 100 pound slides are not recommended for drawers as wide as the ones that you are building due to problems with racking. Look carefully at the specs; most standard 100 pound slides are for drawers under 20" in width.

Here is a link to the KV slides that I just bought which are rated for up to 30" drawers:
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