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    Question Tight Dresser Drawer

    I built a dresser for my wife. All the drawers fit and work fine, except for one. With the changes in humidity the drawer gets especially tight. Iím using shelf slides that mount to the bottom edges of the drawers. Any suggestions on how to free up some space between the drawer slide and corresponding inside dresser slide to allow the drawer to move freely?

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    Which slide exactly are you using. Can you post a picture?


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    Can you rabbet the bottom of the side of the drawer, allowing the slide to be moved in?
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    The below link is a picture of the type of slides I used. I have considered rabbetting the bottom of the drawer. That would require me to redrill the holes that hold the slide and I haven't had a lot of success in redrilling holes next to the originals. Thanks for your input!

    http://www.cupboardware.com.au/catal...d&productId=22

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    Plug the old holes first, then drill the new holes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodguy57 View Post
    The below link is a picture of the type of slides I used. I have considered rabbetting the bottom of the drawer. That would require me to redrill the holes that hold the slide and I haven't had a lot of success in redrilling holes next to the originals. Thanks for your input!

    http://www.cupboardware.com.au/catal...d&productId=22
    You could just pass the drawer through the table saw to take off a small bit off each side. Just run the blade the height of the slide. You could just reuse the same holes. The screws should be short enough not to poke through (if you use the side holes). If you use the bottom holes, drill out the slide for new ones.

    If you take off 1/16" from each side, do you need more than 1/8" overall?




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    Is your dresser “face frame” style?
    If so, you can just chisel a little of the vertical member out where slide attaches.
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    Woodguy57, I had the same problem with a small desk I built- the only fix was to cut the drawer apart and build another one. Hope you have better luck with yours.

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    Cutting a shallow rabbet in the drawer with a table saw is the right answer. I have done it more than once to solve the same problem. It is quick and easy.

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