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drawer slides


I have a cabinet that currently has fixed drawer slides and these are worn and cracked wood. I want to replace them with metal drawer slides. There is 1/2 in clearence in the cabinet and the only problem I have is that the drawer is 15 inches deep.  Most drawer slides come in even lengths.  I was wondering if I could use a 14 inch slide or modify a 16 inch side to fit.  Any suggestions requested

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Posted 2010-11-12T18:20:54+0000  by DEWALT DEWALT

Hello DEWALT and thanks for joining our Community!


I suggest the 14 inch slide.  The downside is that your drawer will not be full extendable – so you will have to reach in the back to remove whatever is stored in the last few inches of space.   I do not recommend modifying slides since the fit is critical to support the load (contents of the drawer). 




This link is a Buying Guide for Drawer Slides.  Be sure take your measurements (and a photograph is also helpful) to the store so you can purchase the correct set of slides to meet the 1/2” clearance tolerance in the cabinet.


Best wishes on this project and I look forward to seeing you on the forum.

Posted 2010-11-12T18:42:35+0000  by Eileen_HD_ATL
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