Guide to Ball Bearing Drawer Slides

Ultimate Guide: 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

DIY Guide to Types of Drawer Slides [2021]

Not sure what the right types of drawer slides are best for your next project? Looking for a new drawer slide for your kitchen? Or, maybe you’re building a desk, furniture or even garage storage and want to know the best type of drawer slide for the project. While drawer slides are confusing, in this article we’ll help you pick the right slide for your drawer. And, while 90% of drawers can be powered by my favorite side mount slide …

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How to Install Drawer Slides

How to install drawer slides (with 7 simple tips)

While some woodworking tasks can be learned as you go, when it comes to how to install drawer slides it’s a must to spend some time upfront learning tips and even buying tools. Sure, you can measure twice and cut once during construction, but when it comes to drawers you’re dealing with three dimensions of alignment and 1/16″ precision. And without the right tools and tricks you’ll end up with mis-aligned drawers, broken slides, or worse… Installing drawer slides can be …

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22" drawer slides

Best 22″ Drawer Slides For Cabinet or Furniture Projects

Almost every kitchen has 22″ drawer slides moving drawers in and out. While some are basic like the epoxy slide, others have integrated push to open with soft closing technology to enhance ease of use. In this article we’ll review ten of the best drawer slides for your project that will fit your capability and budget. Before we begin, choosing the best slides has to take into account your project needs: For new drawers, all drawer slides can be considered. …

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Heavy Duty Drawer Slides

Ultimate Guide: Best heavy duty drawer slides (72″, 500+ pounds)

Buying the best heavy duty drawer slides requires understanding drawer weight, extension length, side clearance and features like locking drawer slides. Did you know some slides have reduced weight ratings as the slide length increases? Or, that some brands use a certification process on their slides to ensure long-term quality after 100,000 open and close cycles? In this article we’ll learn what slides are best for your project and the top brands to trust your heavy load with. First, I’ve …

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Soft Close Drawer Adapter

How to use a soft close drawer adapter – 5 steps to stop slamming!

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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Drawer Slide Jig

Best drawer slide jig to simplify drawer installation [DIY Guide 2021]

All types of drawers require a drawer slide jig to properly install the slides. From side mount, undermount, bottom mount and (for keeping parallel) even a top mount. But which jig is best for your project and when should you consider a bundle that includes jigs for hinges, shelves and door hardware? In this article learn what the best drawer slide jig (or bundle) is for your projects. When I first started building cabinets in the 1990’s we made our …

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Best Drawer Slides for Kitchen Cabinets

Guide to kitchen cabinet drawer slides

The best drawer slides for kitchen cabinets are a mix of operating and design features. For example, soft close operation is standard in cabinets. But some kitchens are designed to have no hardware – and require push to open to function. Finding the best drawer slides for kitchen cabinets is a challenge. While the standard is the easy-to-use soft close slides, there are other options if those slides don’t fit your budget. Drawer slide features like soft close, self close, full …

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