Ahhh, installing drawer glides. I’ve done my fair share by this point, and each time I’ve went about if a little differently. I started out measuring, using a level to draw a guide line, and attaching. And then there was a LOT of fiddling around to try to get the inset drawer to fit just right in the drawer front space. After that, I came across a pointer on Pinterest that I used for Pip’s closet organizer. That worked really well until I tried adding an additional drawer to the top. Oops.
Last June I made good on a promise to myself to buy a drawer glide jig since I knew I was going to be installing quite a few drawers for upcoming projects. Well I haven’t had a reason to use it yet until now…and it was pretty disappointing. Kreg hasn’t let me down yet and I’ve invested in quite a few of their products–love them! But when I tried to use the jig and had the glide set so that the glide left room for the inset drawer face, it lifted the glide slightly in the front. The picture I took of the problem doesn’t show it like seeing it in person. Here’s a photo of how far in front the glide goes when the glide is flat on the jig:
Maybe that isn’t a problem? Anybody use this jig? Maybe it is the drawer glides that I bought that don’t fit correctly? I wasn’t going to take the time to test that out though–I had 6 drawers to install! I’m also pretty sure I would have had to use a clamp style for this that I don’t own. My Kreg face frame clamp is the littlest one and didn’t have the reach I needed (if you are wavering between the smallest and the bigger one, just spent the extra $5!) This is basically a frameless build (there is a face frame to cover the plywood, but it is even with decorative boards I put on the outside of the project). This jig works more easily with what I’ve got if the project has a face frame.
I still used the jig to get the glide set so that it drawer front would lay flat in line with the face frame. I had it like it is in the to photo and drew a line.
I then used duct tape to keep them in the right spot. Fancy, I know. But it worked!
I drilled a pilot hole and then used a screw driver to get the screws in. The only thing that was making me swear on these glides was trying to keep the drill bit on the screw! The screws are so little–they want to wobble and strip–it is frustrating. I ended up just using a screw driver and my muscles in the end. Only some minor adjustments after they were in this time. I also did (or tried to do) what Sandra over at SawdustGirl.com suggests when installing drawer glides (how to attach the screws). However, these glides that I bought at Home Depot did not have horizontal adjustment options on the cabinet part. I will be more organized next build, and order the glides from Rockler that I have used in the past to compare.The bottom drawers are hanging file drawers, so I needed to use full-extension glides that were heavier duty. I’ve never used anything but the european glides like the top drawers have, so I once again turned to Sandra’s blog to install those. She covers that in the link also. I think I had to double the 1/4″ plywood bottom when I had them in the cabinet though, in order to get the clearance I needed on the bottom.
Compared to other drawer glide installations, this one was rather smooth!
Anybody out there have advice or opinions on the Kreg drawer glide jig?
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***As always, I only use PureBond plywood in my builds because the air quality in my home matters to me. I have used this plywood since the very beginning of my woodworking adventure and I love it. I am now being compensated by PureBond, but I can sleep at night recommending it to you because I was buying it myself long before the PureBond Pledge existed.