which drawer slides to buy 20" side mount shop use

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Forum topic by Florida Gramps posted 08-24-2018 05:11 AM 921 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Florida Gramps

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08-24-2018 05:11 AM

I am building a large router table and will soon update my work table. I need approx 20 drawer slides side mounted
full extension. Most of these slides will be 20”. All of these drawers I regard as light duty, contents less than 20 lbs and not heavily used. Need recommendation for economical solution

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#1 posted 08-24-2018 05:51 PM

Most economical solution is to make your own from hard wood. They work really well for lightly loaded drawers. :)

Metal drawer slides are expensive, regardless of which ones used. Accuride and KV are sort of gold standard of side mount slides. I have had good experience with Fulterer brand 100lb slides and they are often half cost of big name brands.

IMHO – cheaper 75 lb or less drawer slides are not durable enough to use on ‘fore-ever’ projects, unless drawer is small. I refuse to use less than 100lb rated full extension slides for any drawers 12+ inches wide that I build. Full extension slides get more abuse from heavy hands/elbows so need to over build. Plus cost difference between 75 lb rated and 100 lb rated 20 inch slide in bulk is typically less than 20%, which is almost trivial when spending up to $10 per drawer for hardware.

Lowest prices on draw slides are found when you are buying case lots. Folks at have large assortment of drawer slides by case, and prices are hard to believe when they go on sale. There are other wholesale hardware suppliers on WWW that offer case lots too. Hard part about buying slides is shipping weight. Do not forget most major cities have wholesale hardware suppliers that can be competitive to online sources, when you are buying case lots of hardware.


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#2 posted 08-26-2018 11:16 PM

Maple with finishing wax works every bit as well as Knape & Vogt 8900s (which are their heavy-duty ones, rated for #500 if they’re mounted vertically). It’s also much less expensive, and easier to mount.

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#3 posted 08-27-2018 04:30 PM

Drawers with hardwood runners have a tendency to “rack” side-to-side when opening/closing. Using HDPE for the runners may eliminate this problem. I have this problem with some small drawers I made and will try replacing the wood runners with HDPE.

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#4 posted 08-27-2018 05:18 PM

Amazon has several sets available with a 100 lb rating for about $60 (+/-) for 10 pair of slides. I don’t have any experience with any of them but it looks like the reviews are mostly favorable. As long as you get them installed properly, most of them would probably work just fine for a relatively light load.

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#5 posted 08-27-2018 05:23 PM

My opinion. Hardware is no place to go cheap. With metal side mounts like KV or Accuride you have the option of full or over travel. An nice feature if you asked me.

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#6 posted 08-27-2018 05:34 PM

MrRon, I’d have to think about how to do this with drawers, but the what I did in the picture above stops the shelves from wiggling and hanging up.

AlaskaGuy, I believe I paid $11 for a pair of K&V slides with the rating required for this application – and that wasn’t at a discount store. So yeah, no point in cheaping out on these slides.

Now, the K&V 8900 slides I used to use for sliding desktops (3/4” x 5’ x 30” or so) are very expensive if you pay retail. If I couldn’t find them on ebay at a big discount, I wasn’t averse to using Frohag;lasdfl;asdf brand ones, and they’ve always been fine.

But those are really heavy-duty ones, not the questionable ones on ebay that are $25 for 10 sets – and that’s not a wild exaggeration.

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#7 posted 08-28-2018 02:42 PM

I bought a box of GlideRight slides off Amazon just to try on some shop drawers.

They seem to work well, don’t know for how long, tho.

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