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2 illustration, drawer/ one w/drawer rails

Squeeze more room into your drawers

I like to use ball-bearing drawer slides in my cabinet projects because of their super-smooth operation. However, those slides take up space outside the drawer that could be used to expand the size of the drawer.

I put some of that interior room into the drawer by recessing the slides in 1/2" grooves on both drawer sides as shown. That gains me 1/2" of width in each drawer. I make the grooves about 1/8" wider than the female part of the slide that mounts to the inside of the cabinet. The process works with any drawer side at least 1/2" thick.

As a time-saving bonus, I no longer have to measure and mark the location of each slide on the drawer. I simply eyeball the slide in the center of the groove and move the female part out of the way just far enough to drive the first two screws. Then, I remove the female part completely and drive the rest of the mounting screws.
--Edwin Hackelman, Omaha, Neb.

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Comments (3)
DietmarH wrote:

I'll bet the groves are 1/4" deep. That's why only 1/2 inch additional drawer width is realized instead of what would be 1" if there were 1/2" groves on both sides. I think this is simply just a typo.

1/27/2014 06:22:58 PM Report Abuse
Gnugs wrote:

1/2" groove in a 1/2" thick drawer side? Hmmm?

1/16/2014 02:40:12 PM Report Abuse
brcollectibles wrote:

What is with all the advert. ??If you cut 1/2 deep, you will have no clearance left and not much wood left for the screws, 3/8"?

1/16/2014 10:01:34 AM Report Abuse

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