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03-03-2019 07:59 PM

I’m designing a dresser for my daughter who we are expecting in June, and my wife had given me dimensions she’d like like me to build it to – 36” tall x 40 wide x 18” deep. It’s going to double as a changing table for babies first few years of life.

Issue I’m having is that in the 40” wide case I end up with drawers that are about 36”wide. I was just going to do dovetailed drawers with traditional wooden slides in a frame and panel case. I’ve. Never made a drawer 36” wide though. Is that too wide for wooden slides? Am I going to end up with wracking issues? I feel like if I divide the drawers in half they’re going to end up like 16-17” wide, which I’m more comfortable with, but then I end up with some wasted space in the case, and I have to make twice as many drawers.


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#1 posted 03-03-2019 08:38 PM

When a drawer measures wider then its depth use a center mount slide. I’ve made my own Dt center slides from good straight hard maple.
It’s a good challenge and very rewarding.
If you really want to up your skills add drawer slips to the construction.

-- Aj

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#2 posted 03-03-2019 09:02 PM

undermount soft close.

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#3 posted 03-04-2019 12:45 AM

Hmm… I’ve never tried center mount guides. I’m definitely going to do wooden glides. The only issue I see with the center guide is that I was planning to do inset drawers – I can’t picture how that could work without doing a lipped drawer, since there’d only be 1/4” of space to work with under the drawer bottom.

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#4 posted 03-04-2019 12:47 AM

maybe have a look at that Blog I am doing…..about a “Chester Drawers”.....

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#5 posted 03-04-2019 12:48 AM

Although… I was thinking that I’d have to divide the drawer bottom if I was going to make it that long. I could see how maybe a groove in the divider and a strip of wood on the web frame could help keep the drawer centered… Interesting.

I actually was thinking I’d try drawer slips this time too! Lol. Especially since the drawers will be so large and potentially heavy.

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#6 posted 03-04-2019 01:11 AM

No problem using center guide with inset. Everything just gets moved back. If I wanted to use a wooden guide, I would do loose c channel with a tilt rail. No need to split bottom. If design allows, put pull close to or centered.

The bigger issue is this- when it’s 3 in the morning and your trying to open that drawer full of diapers, wipes, lotion, etc while holding a crying baby wishing you used blumotion you could open fully with your pinky toe. :)

I like center glides for most furniture. Most applications if done properly work really well.

This particular situation screams undermounts.

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#7 posted 03-04-2019 01:16 AM



Hmm… I ve never tried center mount guides. I m definitely going to do wooden glides. The only issue I see with the center guide is that I was planning to do inset drawers – I can t picture how that could work without doing a lipped drawer, since there d only be 1/4” of space to work with under the drawer bottom.

- Jeremymcon

If you haven’t built the drawers yet . You can move the drawer bottom up the center mount can also be included into drawer bottom.

-- Aj

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#8 posted 03-04-2019 01:35 AM

I’m a wide draw freak. I like them wide. I have some 4 foot wide drawer in my kitchen. I used rack and pinion drawer slides. Yes they are not cheap. The only ones I could find at the time were really over kill @ a 200 lbs capacity but I since discovered the Blum under mounts with Blum stabilizers.

This is a short video I made to show how nice they work and it makes no difference where you pull on the drawer it won’t bind.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykL8fEKRGPA

The is video is the Blum under mounts with Blum stabilizers.

https://youtu.be/0Q6Z76a8_vI

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#9 posted 03-04-2019 02:38 AM



No problem using center guide with inset. Everything just gets moved back. If I wanted to use a wooden guide, I would do loose c channel with a tilt rail. No need to split bottom. If design allows, put pull close to or centered.

The bigger issue is this- when it’s 3 in the morning and your trying to open that drawer full of diapers, wipes, lotion, etc while holding a crying baby wishing you used blumotion you could open fully with your pinky toe. :)

I like center glides for most furniture. Most applications if done properly work really well.

This particular situation screams undermounts.

- CWWoodworking

I have no idea what “loose c channel with a tilt rail” means. Do you have a picture?

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