Advice on cutting out a long notch for a drawer slide.

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Forum topic by drawerslide posted 08-26-2018 12:52 AM 743 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-26-2018 12:52 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question router refurbishing milling carving

Note: I have no knowledge of woodworking.

I was thinking of using a router (which I do not have) to notch out sections to fit 10 drawer slides. I do have a Black & Decker rotary tool with a router type accessory with a drill type bit, but think an actual router tool would be better, plus would take too long to notch out ten 18” sections with the rotary tool.

I have this..

Would this be easier and faster? I would just need a 1 3/8” bit for the height of the slide, I can adjust the router for the depth?

I have an already built MDF / particle board dresser and will be installing full extension drawer slides. Drawer slides need 1/2” clearance on each side. I only have about 1/8” clearance on each side. I will need to cut out 10 notches on the dresser sides to place the slides into. So the notch would have to be 18” long x 1 3/8” high x 1/2” deep.

I don’t think notching out on the drawer would work as the drawer tickness is about 1/2” and no room inside for shims, plus the drawer front extends past the sides so no room for a router at the front, as the drawer front would be in the way.

So far this is what I have come up with (tell me where I’m wrong)

Remove the drawers
Mark a straight line above each current drawer slide on the wall sides of the dresser
Remove the old slides from the dresser wall sides
Place the bottom of the new drawer slides against the line from the old slides and mark a straight line across the top and both ends
Take two strips of wood and temporarily screw them above and below each line I made, where I place the strips will depend on the router housing dimensions
Use a 1 3/8” bit and set it to 3/8” depth on the router
Cut a notch the length of 18”
Repeat 9 more times

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#1 posted 08-26-2018 01:02 AM

Can you share a pic of your dresser with the drawers taken out? I have a feeling this won’t be possible because it depends if your dresser has a divider. If there is a divider between the drawers vertically, cutting 3/8” out will equal 3/4” in total, which is usually the thickness of the divider.

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#2 posted 08-26-2018 04:21 AM

Thanks for the reply. This is a single, 5 drawer dresser. So no divider.

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