Festool DOMINO Joiner DF500 Review

Festool Domino Joiner DF500 Review

Overview Rating:  4.9/5 After twenty years of biscuit joinery the day I used a Festool DOMINO Joiner 500 on a face frame I was sold. This innovative tool is fast, accurate, and creates a loose tenon joint that is a pleasure to work with. Buying Festool Products The first challenge with the German made Festool line of products is finding them in stock. While prices are generally the same (discounts are rare), you can check the following for availability: …

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Heavy Duty Drawer Slides

Best Heavy Duty Drawer Slides With 500# Capacity and Up To 72-Inches Long

Heavy duty drawer slides are classified as drawer slides with up to 1000-pounds capacity or have lengths up 72-inches. Which makes heavy duty slides useful for industrial, RV and other specialty solutions. However, they are more costly than standard cabinet and furniture drawer slides that stop at 24-inches and move 100-pounds.  Popular slides include the brand name  that support 500-pounds,  slides for RV and trailer pullouts, and  budget heavy duty slides. Standard duty drawer slides are great for furniture and cabinets. But their …

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Lontan Drawer Slide SL4502S3

Lontan Drawer Slides Review

Overview Rating:  4.5/5 Lontan side mount drawer slides are a high quality, dual spring soft closing drawer slide. With a built-in damper to prevent the drawer from slamming shut and smooth, quiet rails these budget-friendly drawer slides are a great pick for both new or retrofit applications. LONTAN DRAWER SLIDES (SL4502S3) LONTAN SL4502S3 Lontan drawer slides are available as both pairs or in bulk packs of two to ten pairs for larger jobs. With a standard 1/2-inch side clearance …

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Best Drawer Slides for Kitchen Cabinets

How to Upgrade Drawer Slides In 5 Easy Steps

Learning how to upgrade drawer slides for kitchen cabinets and furniture is as simple as picking the right drawer slide, rear mount brackets and a jig to accurately install them. First, replacing drawer slides is a project most woodworkers can easily tackle.  But for homeowners new to the mechanics of a drawer slide its best to do a little research and understand the basics. While drawer slide upgrades are a very doable DIY project, there are a few tips and …

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Soft Close Drawer Adapter

Choosing and Installing Soft Close Drawer Adapters

Stopping your drawers from slamming doesn’t always require replacing the slides. With a soft close drawer adapter and a few tips from this article you can upgrade any bottom mount drawer in minutes. And I’ve done this to a few of my own drawers. With just a few bucks per drawer, basic tools, and the Rok soft close drawer adapter (Amazon) my epoxy bottom slides closed without slamming. But best of all I didn’t have to crawl around in the drawer, …

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What Size Drawer Slides

DIY Guide: What Size Drawer Slides Do I Need?

Even experienced woodworkers will sometimes pause and ask what size drawer slides do I need? While that might seem odd, drawer slides are a confusing piece of cabinet hardware as they have various mounts (side, bottom, under, top and center) and lengths vary by the type of slide. Which makes choosing drawer slides a challenge. In this article learn how drawer depth, cabinet construction, mounting location and weight capacity will all factor into your drawer slide length requirements. The general rule …

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Drawer Slide Jig

The Best Drawer Slide Jig For Installing Drawers

As you probably know, installing drawers without a drawer slide jig is a recipe for frustration and poor performing drawers. But did you know that variations in cabinet construction, mounting styles of your drawers and jig bundles are factors in deciding on the best drawer slide jig for your projects? In this article learn what jig you’ll need and some accessories to go with it. When I first started building cabinets in the 1990’s we made our own drawer jigs that …

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Guide to Ball Bearing Drawer Slides

Best Ball Bearing Drawer Slides for Cabinets and Furniture

Ball bearing drawer slides are the most common drawer slide type. And, they are almost one of the least understood. Not sure what self closing vs. soft closing means? Confused on mounting locations? Always wanted to slide a 500 pound load but didn’t know if a slide was made for it? In this article learn all about ball bearing slides.

Types of Drawer Slides

Types of Drawer Slides And How to Choose For your Project

When woodworkers build drawers they know what the types of drawer slides are. But if you are new to drawer construction the terminology can be downright confusing. And no aspect of a drawer slide is more confusing than the type of mount. Which makes choosing and buying your drawer slides first very important. From confusing use of mounting locations, soft close vs. self close (they aren’t the same thing), and weight capacity there is just a lot of lingo to …

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