I'm planning a cabinet for my shop that will not have several drawers
with box joint front joints. I wanted a faceless cabinet with the
drawers fitting flush, and as little clearance as possible. My problem
is finding drawer 'glides' to accomodate this. In ShopNotes #30, they
feature their Small Workbench, which looks almost exactly like I would
like mine to look. Reading the details of how they built it, they used
1/2" aluminum angle set in a shallow dado in the carcass, and ripped a
groove down the side of each drawer 1/8" wide to accept the aluminum.
Like I said, it looks perfect, but I wonder if the drawers would work
well, and if there would eventually be significant wear and tear. I've
also taken a close look at Dizzy's router table,
(http://home.pacbell.net/jdismuk/routertable.html ) which features
drawers that glide on 1/2" UHWM runners. This looks like a better
choice, if the plastic holds up. Does anyone have any experience with
either (or both) of these methods before I chop up a lot of wood?
By the way, since I'm leaning toward the UHWM plastic, I'll have to
find a supplier. I have seen McMaster Carr in some posts as a supplier
of choice. In the past, for small pieces, I have bought kitchen
cutting boards at Sams and ripped them down. It's a lot cheaper, and
readily available, but I don't know if it is exactly the same stuff.