For general reference/information, some recent kitchen drawers just finished
for a kitchen in new residential construction:
As noted, no affiliation with the drawer slide manufacturer, just a
satisfied user on a number of kitchens now.
LOL. My table saw is always setup perfectly (or "perfectly enough" for
"making sawdust", as it obvious) :)
... contrary to completely unfounded and misconstrued "opinions", I make
no bones about what I really think, otherwise I wouldn't bother:
I see those around and really like them.
When installing, have you ever tried TJaks?
I bought some 10+ years ago, and lost sight of the company. I found them
again and will recommend them to anybody who installs wall cabinets in
Ever been to this site? Lots of useful things for the pros.
and, in both cases, a happy customer.
Yeah, buddy! ... I really get bummed out when I have to use something else
these days. German engineering is still tough to beat on these types of
I've seen a tjak, but thus far have been doing it the old fashioned way,
using a jointed 1 x 2, screwed at the level line for the run of cabinets.
Not as convenient, but I don't do it every day/week/month either
Besides, the last three kitchens, a tleon works even better ... and talks
back to you. :)
that caters to the cabinet making crowd. That's where I've been buying the
Thanks for the links!
I agree, AAMOF, can't even thoroughly convince me. However, in this area it
is just not practical to NOT use modern slides in new home "kitchen"
construction these days.
These seem to be the proverbial 'lesser of the evils' available in
undermount slides, at least the one's I've tried ... they're both sturdy,
long lasting with no maintenance, and do allow you to at least see dovetails
Yes, I've used both ... the Blum's are excellent, a bit more pricey as I
recall (I paid $20.35 a pair for the 21" Hittich's last time I bought them,
plus a $1.41 per pair of catches), and, at least in my experience, took a
bit more time/effort to install. The Hittich's still have that same
expensive "feel" and "sound" the Blum's have, and they are indeed as well
made and easy for a homeowner to take out if necessary.
I would expect that this is more a matter of opinion however, and I
certainly wouldn't hesitate to use the Blum's if they were spec'ed.
If they're imported from Europe, maybe it's the devaluation of the US
dollar against the Euro? Over the past year the dollar has lost about
10% of its value compared to the Euro, which maps fairly closely to your
Like your maple drawers Swingman. I am just finishing up 17 maple drawer
boxes for a contractor friend of mine. I furnish the maple and build the
boxes, he supplies the drawer fronts, hardware, finish etc. and does the
installation. I charge him $15 per drawer. About what should I charge for
a maple drawer box dovetailed all four corners with slide out (removable)
For that price, I may have just built my last drawer!!
... where are you located??! :)
That's a hard one, Earl. So much depends upon the your location, your
market, and your competition.
I really haven't priced these particular drawers out because they're part of
the "custom kitchen package" that I charge the builder ... and in this
particular case, that's me.
Also, I'm liable to spend more time, when I have it, on one drawer that is
just not up to my idea of "snuff", than Michelangelo did on the Sistine
Chapel because what passes for the shop is behind my house.
In this instance, I did spend way too much time on these drawers because of
a problem with my dovetail jig, and rather than waste the material and start
over on about a 1/3rd of them (hard maple is expensive here, roughly $6/bf
... over $350 in S2S1E in 20 drawers, including the 1/4" maple ply), I had
more time than money in this instance to bring them "up to snuff".
That said, compared to what trim carpenters call "drawers" around here,
these are works of art, and just the 20 drawer boxes, 5/8" hard maple,
average height 4 to 6 1/2", avg width 20", depth all 21", two machine
dovetailed corners, bullnose edged top only, notched and drilled for slides,
1/4" maple ply bottoms, no finish, sanded to 150 ... around here would
probably realistically fetch between $1100 - $1300, more or less, to a
builder of $750K and up homes. ... a good deal more if they were "fitted"
inset and not overlay.
Now you know why I choose to beat myself over the head with a hammer ... it
ain't only because it feels good when I stop. :)
Interesting site you may want to check out, Earl:
Put your drawer box spec's in and get an instant quote.
Not counting shipping/etc. my latest project came out to $960+. Not that far
off from my estimate, although I have no idea of the quality.
Might want to see how yours fare.
Thanks for the link. I wonder how much business they get off the internet.
I plugged in one of my average sized drawers and it priced at $42. Looks
like in at least some markets my drawers should bring two to three times
what I am getting. However, around here I think the demand for $42 dollar
drawers would be very low. When I furnish the hardware I like to use the
Blum Tandem slides but few are willing to pay that much. Pine or plywood
drawer boxes with cheap side mounted 3/4 extension slides are a much easier
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