What kinda slides for narrow, tall, side access drawer?

I'm toying with the idea of putting a 24" deep, 6" wide, 20" tall drawer on one side of desk. Access to the insides would be from the side of the drawer, sort of like a VHS tape drawer in an EC. Would that have a bottom AND side mounted slide? Are the side slides different that a regular full extension side mounted slide?
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Sounds like a cool idea. I'd just put two left or two right hand slides on the one framed side. Or you could put one side and one bottom mounted slide. Might be a little more stable and easier to build up.

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I dunno, Bill, I ended up calling my local cabinet shop resource. I was told that they don't stock those special slides; there IS a difference in the type of slides... Maybe tomorrow when I go for the wood, I'll ask at a San Jose cabinet supply house if they have anything special for that application. Regular side slides appear as though they could pull loose with too much side pressure pulling away from the fixed (attached to the carcase) portion. In other words there would be a lateral component instead of just a downward pressure from the drawer's weight.
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I've designed a fairly simple and workable setup for my entertainment centre, except that it uses three standard full extension drawer slides with the on the two on the bottom hidden, while the one on the top is laid flat to control lateral sway. If anyone wants to see my design, email me privately and I'll send you a graphic that you can modify to personal preferences.
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Bay Area Dave wrote, wondering if this is really what he meant?

Are you talking about a pantry slide type of operation? If so there is a special slide made for tons of weight and will support the whole cabinet drawer or pantry module.
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could be. I'll check it out when I go downtown today, using the "pantry" designation and see if anyone's got that kind of hardware in stock. thanks dave
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The pantry type slide would work, but ideally it's designed for an extremely heavy load. Something like a pull out vertical drawer on an entertainment centre would make the pantry type very much an overkill as well as taking up a lot more space than using regular full extension drawer slides. They cost more too. Take a look at the grapic I put in alt.binaries.pictures.woodworking. Lee Valley Tools has drawer slides that can hold up to 300 lbs or more. If you're thinking of an entertainment vertical drawer that weighs that much, then you'd be filling it with lead, not various media types.
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unit is about 60" high. It was designed to sit on a kick base and a lower standard-type drawer case. Too long a story but never finished the outside of it for the kitchen, though I did use it for a while during construction and it held loads of canned goods and worked great. Now using it in my shop, and I like it for that application. Anyway, I used normal heavy duty drawer slides (150lbs?), full extension, at the top so the drawers hang. At the top of each drawer I used 2x lumber on the flat and that is what the slides are mounted to. The other sides of the drawer were made with plywood. If your fully-loaded drawer is really going to be that light, maybe it could work with one undermount slide and then some guides at the top of the enclosure so it will not rock side-to-side. Also, if you went that way you'd want the top piece of the drawer to be long enough so that it was still somewhat inside the base unit -- and between the guides -- when the drawer was fully extended so it would not possibly tip over. Or you might use two undermount slides, with the guides at the top. FWIW, that is the approach I would use if I was building something important where I wouldn't want the slides to be seen. Otherwise, I might just use a lighter-weight version of my pantry drawers so the drawer would hang.
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Upscale wrote, wondering if this is really what he meant?

Just took a look at your design. That looks like the ticket! Should solve Dave's problem.
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