Offset Drawer slides

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Forum topic by zzMan posted 11-05-2018 01:27 PM 377 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-05-2018 01:27 PM

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Hey all first post because most of my questions are normally already answered on here. I am trying to build a column drawers in my skoolie that will have 45deg face. While making the drawers harder to make I figured it was doable. Now however I had to route some plumbing in the back of the cabinet making the some wasted space in rear. See photo.

So what I am asking would it be possible to offset the left slide forward and the right back? Both sides are 24” deep and the drawers will end up being the shape of the bottom piece of melamine in the photo with the rear notched. I know that horizontal play might bind the slides. however, I figure if I buy quality slides, and only offset them say 25%, meaning 75% are still overlapping, this may be possible.

Seeing if anyone else is bad enough at planning to have tried this before


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#1 posted 11-05-2018 02:23 PM

Sure. If the slides don’t stop equally you’ll get some racking when pull out fully which could cause one side to com off the slide..

You can play around with slide lengths to dial that in.

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#2 posted 11-06-2018 03:16 AM

I see no functional problem with them being staggered. It will be necessary to do so in order to access the release catch on the left side when the drawer is opened. The only potential problem I see is if the rear of the drawer is square, then the left rear corner will be unsupported. You can deal with that by keeping the drawer loads light, using heaver duty slides, or by using a longer slide on the left side.

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#3 posted 11-06-2018 03:37 AM

I think the bigger issue is being able to access what you put in the drawers. I think a 45 degree pull out is a better option:

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#4 posted 11-06-2018 03:37 AM


You can play around with slide lengths to dial that in.

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