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12-22-2017 08:55 AM

I’m building a shop cabinet,and want to build some drawers,My questions are is there a easy to make drawer runner/slide, and how do I figure the drawer width with runner/slide.

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#1 posted 12-22-2017 02:11 PM

I don’t know what woods you’re using. But when I made this dresser, I just used some of the White Oak to make runners that I screwed into the sides of the dresser. Then I routed a slot down the sides of the drawers to ride them. Paste wax on both and they work great and have held up great.

Simple, easy and effective. I also made some “flip-up” stops that are on the back of the face frame so the drawers won’t come out accidentally but can be removed if necessary. Let me know if I can answer any questions.

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#2 posted 12-22-2017 02:14 PM

I have seen this guy build a few cabinets in his shop, go to 18:20 in this you tube video for Jeremy Schmidt I don’t think this method would be best for very heavy drawers but the idea of the modular design is pretty cool with the way us woodworkers seem to be reorganizing. He has another video on his channel for the workbench he shows in the video atatched.

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#3 posted 12-22-2017 02:24 PM

+1 to Ken’s solution. This technique is all that I use once I realized how easy they are to make and install.

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#4 posted 12-23-2017 09:00 PM

Almost all of my shop drawers have slides patterned after those shown in Fine Wood Working #143 Aug 2000 p74. I don’t think they meet your “simple/easy” requirement, but they certainly work well. You can make them so that they are full extension and almost any strength you want to carry most any load.

Most drawers would require about 1/2” on each side for this slide. I have some small drawers that use only 1/4”.

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#5 posted 12-23-2017 09:18 PM

I made some large deep drawers under my work bench to hold small power tools like sanders. What I did was extend the bottom boards so they protrude about 1/2” on each side. These protrusions slide between a pair of cleat guides mounted on the sides of the cabinet itself. The result is sort of the reverse of Hokie Ken’s design above. Practcally unlimited weight bearing and very inexpensive compared to metal slides. A little paraffin wax or Slipease on the slides is all it needs for smooth operation.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#6 posted 12-24-2017 11:55 PM

I like that for shop drawers LesB! Would bear considerably more weight. And you could dado the sides into the bottom instead of visa versa since the bottom is holding the load.

IMO, there’s your solution daddywoofdog. I’ll kepp that in mind for any shop drawers I need from now on.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#7 posted 12-25-2017 12:53 AM

Yes…. Les B has a winner….thanks and I will keep that one in mind.

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#8 posted 12-28-2017 12:35 AM

You might want have a look at Lee Valleys selection of Drawer Slides. There is 2 Pages of them. Light, Heavy, Full Extension. 200 Lb Capacity, Self Closing, Side, Bottom and on and on.


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#9 posted 12-29-2017 01:56 AM

Where’s the O.P. Posted on the 22. Also the last time He was on here. Now the 28th.

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#10 posted 12-29-2017 02:06 AM

Thinking maybe I’ll try lesB idea I have seen that before.

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