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11-21-2019 08:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: drawer slides slides drawer dust

I’m building a cabinet for under my router table in my shop (which is a corner of a garage). I’m putting a drawer in this cabinet, and am curious if you have any advice on selecting drawer slides for it. I was going to just buy some ball bearing ones from a big box store, but I worry that the sawdust and garage dust will cause problems. Any advice on what to use? I’m planning to put tools in the drawer, so it needs to accommodate a moderate amount of weight. And of course, cheap would be nice since it’s a shop item, not anything fancy.

Thanks for any tips you can offer.


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#1 posted 11-21-2019 08:57 PM

If your worried about dust just use….

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#2 posted 11-21-2019 09:45 PM



If your worried about dust just use….

- JackDuren


I agree. I’ve had these on the drawers in my router table 10+ years. No issues

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#3 posted 11-22-2019 12:58 AM

Not that those slides wouldn’t work, but most of the router tables with an enclosure and drawers seem to have full walls surrounding the area where the drawers are located. Not real sure the slides themselves would see any more dust than a kitchen. Now inside that little open area where the router hangs, yeah a lot of dust, especially if you have a weak dust collection design.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#4 posted 11-22-2019 01:10 AM

Yeah, I guess Euro slides are the way to go. I wasn’t looking at them because they seem so light-duty, but I guess they’ll be plenty strong for this.

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#5 posted 11-22-2019 01:14 AM



Not that those slides wouldn t work, but most of the router tables with an enclosure and drawers seem to have full walls surrounding the area where the drawers are located. Not real sure the slides themselves would see any more dust than a kitchen. Now inside that little open area where the router hangs, yeah a lot of dust, especially if you have a weak dust collection design.

That’s true, assuming I remember to close the drawer all the time. But when the drawer is open, the slides will be exposed. And my dust collection is not great (just a shop vac), and plenty of tasks get no dust collection at all (e.g. breaking down plywood with a circular saw).

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#6 posted 11-22-2019 01:31 AM

Building it from scratch? Build the outer box, put in a support frame for the drawer and make it tight-ish on the sides.

That’s the way I’ve been adding drawers all over my shop recently. I’ve been using MDF for the drawers, and poplar or halfway decent pine for the frames (And, I’m running a total brain fart for the term for this particular part of a cabinet!! Web frame? Is that right?)

I use wax on the bottom of the drawers and the tops of the frames. I find sanding to about 220 and paste wax and the drawers will slide smoothly for years. When the get sticky, hit ‘em with wax again.

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood

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#7 posted 11-22-2019 02:57 AM

I think the slides that jackduren cited would work well. Even if they get dirty, they might work a bit rough but not stop them. However, I have made several pair of these for my shop drawers and they work quite well even in my router table.

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#8 posted 11-22-2019 03:46 PM



Not that those slides wouldn t work, but most of the router tables with an enclosure and drawers seem to have full walls surrounding the area where the drawers are located. Not real sure the slides themselves would see any more dust than a kitchen. Now inside that little open area where the router hangs, yeah a lot of dust, especially if you have a weak dust collection design.

- therealSteveN


i agree,the section of my router table with drawers is enclosed separate from the chamber that holds the router so very little dust gets in.ive been using this cabinet for several years with no problems.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#9 posted 11-22-2019 11:29 PM

I agree with SteveN and pottz. The drawer front, whether overlay or inset, will seal out dust just fine from the front, but be sure to put a back on the cabinet so it’s closed in all around. Stick with good side mount slides with a 75 or 100 lb rating. Those flimsy ones JackDuren posted won’t stand up to much of a load.

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#10 posted 11-23-2019 12:23 AM

I use standard full extension side mounts everywhere in my shop with no problems.

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#11 posted 11-23-2019 02:56 PM


I agree with SteveN and pottz. The drawer front, whether overlay or inset, will seal out dust just fine from the front, but be sure to put a back on the cabinet so it s closed in all around. Stick with good side mount slides with a 75 or 100 lb rating. Those flimsy ones JackDuren posted won t stand up to much of a load.

- JerryMaldonato

Hummmmmm. They wI’ll take what there designed too…

Most of these drawer guides fail because there put in too loose…

Sloppy work creates sloppy function…

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#12 posted 11-23-2019 03:41 PM


Hummmmmm. They wI ll take what there designed too…

Most of these drawer guides fail because there put in too loose…

Sloppy work creates sloppy function…

- JackDuren

Most? I would like to see the data you got that from. My guess is most fail because the load rating is exceeded. Those are also an inferior design with synthetic rollers instead of ball bearings.

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#13 posted 11-23-2019 03:53 PM

I just answered the question with an option othere than full extension slides..

Data….you need to read to believe. There on my router table, how’s that for data…

We used this drawer guides in the cabinet business for years I know why they fail. I don’t be need to read data?.you learn from experience , not from data….

Read the specs on the drawer guides… not hard

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#14 posted 11-24-2019 01:12 AM

ive used those glides for years and never had a fail yet.maybe in a commercial situation where their opened and close a hundred times a day? ive even used them on my potting bench where they get hit with potting soil and they keep on truckin.id say dont worry about it.maybe your using cheap quality glides?

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#15 posted 11-24-2019 02:22 AM

50 lb drawer guides?
How much stuff is 50 lbs? Actually quite a bit,
(although I didn’t allow 10lbs or so for the drawer itself.)

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