As soon as I finish tiling our master bath I will be starting on his &
The vanities will have a total of three drawer stacks, each with five
drawers. Being lazy, I have arranged things so that all the drawers are
the same width and length, only two diferent depths, so they will be easy
to make :) I plan to suspend them with oak runners let into the cabinet
My question is where - if any - is the best place on the drawer sides for
the rabbet for the runners? I have made many drawers like this, always
just cut the rabbets a bit above center but maybe near top is better? Or
centered? Below center? Is there a "best" place?
All opinions welcome, experience and reasons are worth extra points :)
I have no experience, but I think I can give a reason (Physics). I think
the closer the runners are to the height of the handles, the more likely
the drawer will pull straight out, as opposed to tilting forward or back
and jamming in the slots.
+10 extra points for Greg's reasoning.
Definitely, placing the runner guides at (or as near as possible to) the
same height as the pull will provide the smoothest action. Even in a
case where the drawer will be very heavily loaded, this works well.
Ball bearing slides pretty much make it a moot point.
This is my signature. Really. I'm not kidding. Stop reading now.
That makes sense, thanks, Greg.
In this case, there will be no pulls, just an arc cut out of the top of
the front. These drawers will be recessed about 3" into the cabinets.
The 3" is to make room for sort of a medicine cabinet thingy hanging on
the back of the doors that cover the cabinets.
Well, that certainly does make sense. I was thinking that all
the examples I could think of of that style had the runner
pretty much centered, but couldn't think of any reason I'd
ever heard for doing it that way. But I think you have it.
Ditto that. Projects like this take time and money. Saving a little
money on slides doesn't seem to make much sense, IMO. I really like
the bottom-mount Blum slides for this application.
Word of caution - don't store your stash of slides in an open-top
plastic container in the basement under a leaking toilet. :-(
Perhaps we are misunderstanding each other...
If you make something like a web frame and sit a drawer on it, the drawer
will slide in and out; it will also move side to side as there is nothing
to stop it from doing do.
If you make grooves in the drawer sides and fit a piece to wood to it
(slightly sloppy, 1/32 max.) and attach that piece of wood to a partition
side, the drawer will move in and out but cannot move side to side (except
for the "slightly sloppy") because the piece of wood prevents it.
In my case, saving money doesn't enter into it. Not that I don't use
slides, have a kitchen full of them.
In this case, it is simpler and more precise for me to simply plow grooves
in the partition sides...one setup and I can do all. I take a length of
oak that I have on hand (and for which I will probably have no future use)
and fit it to the grooves, one size fits all. After I make the drawers,
I'll plow grooves in them - sides, fronts and backs - and again, one setup
does all. To me, that is easier, faster and simpler than fitting 60
separate slide pieces for the 15 drawers, YMMV.
Besides, I enjoy doing it. :)
I make whatever I choose to make. Time constraints were such that it
was smarter to buy rather than make. If your wife was recovering from
major surgery would you take care of her needs or build a cabinet?
I subbed out 95% of the bathroom work. Got rid of the tub and have a
60" shower that is easily accessed.
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