What are my options for shallow drawers for a console table? (newbie)

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Forum topic by arcooke posted 09-23-2018 12:49 PM 385 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-23-2018 12:49 PM

Hi all. I’m new here, and just beginning my new hobby.

I’m working on some CAD designs for my very first build. It’s a console table with drawers. The table is rather shallow.. the area I have available for slides is only 7 3/4”.

It’s slim pickings out there for slides this short. There are a few on eBay but I have no way of knowing if they’re any good, and they all take forever to ship from China.

I’m not sure metal slides are my best option. I’ve not yet finished my drawer design because I’m not yet sure how I want to proceed with the slide mechanism (if any)

Here is a cutaway of the design in its current state.. critiques are welcome

The cutout on top is for power outlets, the center part will actually be a dummy area to put a hidden power strip for device chargers and whatnot

What would you recommend? For the record, this build is planned around using 3/4 plywood for structure 1×2’s for trim to cover the end grain

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#1 posted 09-23-2018 01:14 PM

For that size of drawer you shouldn’t need drawer slides. Just fill the space between the cabinet fronts and the back with a fine grained wood like maple and wax them, then make your drawers 1/16” smaller than the opening.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#2 posted 09-23-2018 02:32 PM

+1 on no slides needed.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#3 posted 09-23-2018 02:39 PM

It’s true that you don’t need slides. Also, the floor of the drawer box will serve as a runner and the table top will act as a kicker. However, that’s not the ideal construction method for what you’re building. The floor does not need to be solid. It would be much better to build it as a guide and runner assembly out of a wood like maple so the drawer will slide easily. Done right, no wax is needed.

Also, using the top as a kicker is taking the easy way out. I build them with a top rail that’s about 3/4” to complement the bottom rail. Then, one or two strips front to back that are 3/4” thick serve as kickers for the drawer.

All of this can be seen in a side table project I did:
There is a wealth of information out there about drawer construction and mounting. Basically you’re dealing with guides, runners and kickers. Do a search for that and you’ll find some good articles. It’s very basic stuff and anyone can do it. One tip you might already know is to make sure that you build your table first, then build the drawer to fit, not the other way around.

There are countless really good books out there on woodworking. One in particular I can recommend is called Illustrated Cabinetmaking by Bill Hylton. It’s an encyclopedia of furniture and cabinets and the details of joinery, etc. For example it shows several different construction options for drawers as well as multiple mounting methods.

-- My grandfather always said that when one door closes, another one opens. He was a wonderful man, but a lousy cabinet maker

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#4 posted 09-23-2018 02:42 PM

I agree with Bondo. No slides and wax the bottom of drawers.

-- Bob, FL Keys

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#5 posted 09-23-2018 09:08 PM

Lots of great info, thanks everyone. Nice table Rich

I will look more into the wood slide system. What I was finding seemed a bit intimidating to me at first. After some more searching using those keywords, I found some easier methods.

That’s a good point that the bottom doesn’t need to be solid. I’ll keep working on my designs

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