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Saturday, January 06, 2007

Drawers Installed

Today we installed all the drawers and pull-out shelves on the wall cabinets.

This is a pull-out shelf for plates.

Tips for building your own drawers / pull-outs and installing them:
  • Normal drawers slides require that the drawers be 1" less than the width of the opening. Plan on making them 1-1/16" thinner instead. If they are an extra 1/16" too thin, you can shim the slides if needed. If they are 1/16" too wide, they may bind and there is little you can do about it except build a new drawer.

  • They are going to likely pick up some dust and debris. Clean and lube them before you install the drawers.

  • Use a fixture to mount the slides to inside of the cabinets. Below is a photo of the one I made. I clamp it to the face-frame of the cabinet and use a self-centering bit to drill the pilot holes for the slides. There are two sets of holes - one for drawers and the other for shelves (they need to sit back behind the doors).

You can get self-centering bits at any hardware or building store. They are typically used for drilling hinges on doors.

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