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Forum topic by Jimothy posted 01-24-2021 01:32 AM 402 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jimothy

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01-24-2021 01:32 AM

Topic tags/keywords: oak pine plywood drawer slide

I have made some 3/4 premiun pine plywood drawers to be used with soild oak slides. My grandfather was suggesting I glue a 1/8 strip of hardwood onto the bottoms of the sides of the drawers so that it slides easier on the oak, I was wondering if that is really necessary or if the plywood edge will slide fine plywood onto oak.
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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#1 posted 01-24-2021 01:42 AM

Whichever way you go, it is always a good idea to use some kind of wax where you have two wood surfaces in moving contact. Even the butt of a candle will do the trick.

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#2 posted 01-24-2021 01:48 AM

I do remember having this conversation with a carpenter far more experienced then me at the time. His point was the drawers should have a harder material then the slides. The reason is you can replace the slides far easier then rebuilding the drawer.
So listen to your grandfather right or wrong :)
Good Luck

-- Aj

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Jimothy

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#3 posted 01-24-2021 01:56 AM

ah that makes sense


I do remember having this conversation with a carpenter far more experienced then me at the time. His point was the drawers should have a harder material then the slides. The reason is you can replace the slides far easier then rebuilding the drawer.
So listen to your grandfather right or wrong :)
Good Luck

- Aj2


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#4 posted 01-24-2021 02:25 AM

. Oak on oak, pine on pine..

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#5 posted 01-24-2021 05:02 AM

What the heck Jack didn’t you listen to your grandfather. Or boss :)

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#6 posted 01-24-2021 01:27 PM

Yes it’s s a good idea.

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#7 posted 01-25-2021 05:08 PM

I’m in the camp that you want similar hardness woods for best wear, or the softer wood on the part that is easier to replace. It’ll probably take years before any wear is noticed and unless the drawer fit is very close (inset drawers), chances are no one will ever notice any wear.

You can also use a strip of wear tape

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Jimothy

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#8 posted 01-27-2021 01:47 AM

Ah so I could have just used Pine slides !


I m in the camp that you want similar hardness woods for best wear, or the softer wood on the part that is easier to replace. It ll probably take years before any wear is noticed and unless the drawer fit is very close (inset drawers), chances are no one will ever notice any wear.

You can also use a strip of wear tape

- splintergroup


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#9 posted 01-27-2021 09:46 PM

If you want them to work smoothly for a long time, use the “wear tape” that Splintergroup referenced. Good stuff.

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