I'm making a limited space cabinet for the bathroom and want to put 2
drawers in the top part with sliding dovetails. Only 7" deep but I want the
drawers to open 100%+. I have the 3 pieces (including the drawer side)
figured to slide out but not sure how to make the center slide to stop
midway. I'm sure it can be done but this senior brain hasn't figured it out
yet. Anyone here done this? SWMBO has been on me since we moved to Libby,
MT from Longview, WA. A bigger cabinet would be nice but I'd have to knock
out a wall to my office, no way.
Thanks for any idea's. A pic on ABPW would be nice.
Al in MT
"A pic on ABPW would be nice."
YOU SAID IT!
What are you building? Dimensions? Wall Cabinet? Base Cabinet? Sink base?
One version of bathroom sink bases I've seen puts a drawer at the bottom of
the cabinet (below the pipes - waste and supply) and door(s) above.
"Full Extension" drawer slides are available for standard depth drawers in
base cabinets - but I've not seen any for a seven-inch deep (front to back)
Likely there are lots of solutions once one can visualize what it is you are
attempting to construct.
Cabinet is 29" wide x 32" high and only 7 1/2" deep. Next to a pedestal
sink. I want 2 drawers in upper part 4" high and about 12" wide. Lower
part will be divided to store tp and shelves for hair dryer, curling iron,
etc. Women stuff! Using mostly Alder and may do top and trim with Cherry
Al in MT
as a point of departure, a "wooden full extension" mechanism would appear to
require a "floating slide" between cabinet and drawer that world be captured
at the cabinet side after four inches or so of extension (stopped dovetail
groove(s) in cabinet side of floating slide) with a similar approach to the
drawer side and drawer.
If the floating slide and the dovetail rails were made of that slippery
plastic stock it would be relatively simple to "machine" with woodworking
tools and withstand the moisture-laden environment of a lady's bath.
Bulky, to be sure, but eschewing metal drawer slides which can be made
strong and (relatively) thin, leaves few alternatives.
Used to live in Great Falls - really Big Sky country! If I understand you
correctly, you're looking for a way to stop the drawer when it is fully
extended - correct?
One of the simplest methods is a screw and a small rectangle of wood. Screw
this to the backside of the drawer back. When the drawer is pulled out, the
small block of wood will hit the top rail over the drawer and stop the
drawer from going any further. When you want to remove the drawer, simply
rotate the block down out of the way to clear the rail.
You may want to take a look at the Stickley site www.stickley.com and look
at their demo's/plant tours to see how they make drawer slides.
If I understand you, you want to make a full extension drawer slide out
I assume that you have a dovetail machined in the drawer and a dovetail
machined in the carcass of the cabinet. I also assume that you have the
slide with a bow-tie cross section that fits into the two dovetails.
If all of the above assumptions are correct, consider creating a groove
that extends half the length of the slide on each side of the slide and
then using a pin in the drawer that fits into the groove and a pin in the
carcass that fits in the other groove. The pin would prevent the slide
from moving more than half its length so as to support the drawer.
Tolpin, Jim; The Toolbox Book, (Taunton Press, Newton, CT 1998) ISBN
1-56158-272-7 features a tool chest designed by Karen Robertson where
she created all-wood extension slide systems for the drawers, there is a
page and half sidebar titled "Making and all-wood, full-extension
slide", that should prove useful (pp. 48-49).
Thank you all for you're input. Believe I have it figured out how to make
Full extension drawer slides with wood now. I'll be using hard maple for
the slides and if I planned it right, shouldn't lose more then 1/2 inch in
width of both drawers.
I'll post pics when I get far enough in assembly.
Al in MT.
Maybe a bit late to this,but why do you need slides rather than simply
guides let into the sides of the drawers with a corresponding guide on the
side of the cabinet? You can still use the stop methodology recommended by
others (block with screw at back of drawer), but you only lose the reveal
width of the drawer.
If you're gonna be dumb, you better be tough
That would probably be the easiest way to go buuuutt, I'm one of the guys
that like to go an extra step and make things difficult for myself. With a
1 inch overhang on top and drawers only 7 1/4 " deep I wanted them to come
out all the way so she can get to small things in the back with out having
to completely remove the drawers.
Another method to my madness is that if I can perfect a good all wood full
extension slide I'll use them on future projects. On most of my projects I
use a lot of dovetails (Incra Jig Ultra), dowels and biscuts with lots of
glue and clamping. Hate screws and nails. Last year I made a cradle for,
at that time, a future Gdaughter out of Butternut. Not one screw or nail
and it's now being used for a Great Gaughter. Not a loose joint anywhere.
It was posted on ABPW.
Thanks and Happy Holidays to All,
Al in MT
Take a look at this article
I remember skimming over the article when that issue came out but didn't
follow through the calculations.
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