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Forum topic by davidroberts posted 04-14-2010 04:42 AM 1991 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-14-2010 04:42 AM

Topic tags/keywords: drawer glide slide

I’m building roughly 24” by 24” drawers and want to use drawer slides, or glides, whatever you may call them. I’ve built wooden slides, dovetail slides, etc, but on this project I want to try metal slides. Problem is, I’m way confused with all the choices. Is there a company out there that doesn’t make a line of metal slides? About the time I’ve decided on a specific brand or style, I find out I need another part, or I change my mind because I don’t know what I’m really buying. Price is a concideration. I don’t want to experiment or buy more slide than I need. I keep hearing about a “Blum-type”. What type exactly is a Blum type. Also what is easier, better, a side mounted or face frame mount. At this point in the project I can go either way.

I’d like some recommendations on a 22” full extension 75 to 100 pound slide that is relatively easy to install and won’t break the bank. I need 8 pairs. Thanks in advance.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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Michael Murphy

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#1 posted 04-14-2010 05:54 AM

Usually, you decide the slide you want to use, then make the drawer to fit it in the opening using the specified clearances. Some are side mounts that require a certain clearance, like 1/2”, others mount differently, but you need to know the slides before you make the drawers.

For full extension slides I always liked Accuride side mounts. That was many years ago and there are probably lots of alternative choices. Commit to the hardware and make the drawers to fit.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#2 posted 04-14-2010 06:12 AM

Blum is a brand not a style of slide. Face frame mount or slide mount is just how it attaches. Design your project and buy the one to match. Blum, Accuride, KV are good brands. 75 lbs slides ballbearing slides will do the job. I like the cheap epoxy non ballbearing slides for economy they will last years.

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#3 posted 04-14-2010 06:17 AM

Rockler is ok. Go to Home Depot and check their stuff. I’ve used it and it’s ok too. Some of the better wood suppliers also have some like Hughe’s Hardwoods in Stockton, CA. for an example.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#4 posted 04-14-2010 02:10 PM

To many to choose from.
Self closures,
Push to open,
Prices vary from 6 bucks a pair to 20+.
Local hardware, Lowes or Home Depot is double the price.

I purchase from Hershberger Hardware in Baltic Ohio.
Lots of other places to buy.

Deside if you want them to be hidden or not.
I use side mount.
Why a full extension 22” on a 24 ” drawer?

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#5 posted 04-14-2010 02:14 PM

I use KV’s from woodworkers hardware. 8400 series I think, #100 full extension , and I always use their metal bracket to attach to the back of the cabinet.

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#6 posted 04-14-2010 05:38 PM

Dave, here is the place I use. I think they are great. You name it, they got it.

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#7 posted 04-15-2010 03:52 AM

I’ve built dozens of drawers, and I wait ‘till Woodpeckers has their (at least) annual drawer slide sale. I get 22” full extension 100 lb capacity ball-bearing slides for less than $10 a pair, but you have to buy 10 pair at a time.

-- Gene T

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John Gray

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#8 posted 04-15-2010 04:48 AM

I agree with 3fingerpat above but I prefer zinc finish instead of black.
I’ve used these slides on several projects they work fine and I’ve had no problems with them.

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#9 posted 04-15-2010 05:15 AM

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#10 posted 04-15-2010 02:51 PM

I’ve never had a problem with Blum sliders

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