Dining Room/Home Office {Drawer Glides}

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:

Kreg drawer glide 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.Drawer glide line placement

I then used duct tape to keep them in the right spot.  Fancy, I know.  But it worked!

Drawer glides duct taped in

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.Drawer glides completedThe 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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9 responses to “Dining Room/Home Office {Drawer Glides}”

  1. Cher @ Designs by Studio C says :

    Hiya, Kristen!

    I use the Kreg slide jig all the time – it is in the way it is being held in the cabinet. The jig will be held upright, like you’re holding a gun. Then, the slide will be positioned on the left or right side depending which one is being installed. I usually sandwich a tiny scrap piece of lumber in front of the slide as a spacer for inset drawers. Let me know if you want me to send a photo – I am installing slides on a cabinet myself today…


  2. Tracy Smith says :

    We purchased the Kreg drawer glide jig too and was having difficulty with it too. Here’s what I figured out. It’s really not the jig, it’s the glides we like to use. They primarily use it for the full extension glides that have very flat sides to it. You have to end up monkey-ing around with it more to get the end result to work well with the less expensive drawer glides. I have a desk project coming up and have to install drawer glides on a faceless carcass, but, I’ve already purchased the fancier full extension glides in anticipation of the install issues. Bummer, I know, but that’s what they were really made for.


  3. Anonymous says :

    Thanks for posting this. I have been putting off doing some drawers that slide, however this makes it very clear. Your blog looks really cool too!


  4. Eva says :

    Goodness you’ve made this so easy. I had to repair my dresser drawer and just couldn’t figure it out! I’m SO lucky to have come across your amazing blog!
    Thank you for the help!


  5. Martin Bevl says :

    Very good work Kristen, thanks for sharing. How are you finding the European slides? As for the Kreg universal slide jig, I got mine for around $25 locally (not online). It gets the job done perfectly and been getting what seems to be very even installation every single time.


  6. billlattpa says :

    I’ve never used the Kreg drawer jig because the truth is I’ve never made a project with drawer glides. I always make “traditional” runners (and trust me traditional is not always better by a long shot.) But I noticed another commenter pointed out the fact that the jig works best with full extension glides, and that is something that I’ve read as well. Good luck!


  7. Kat says :

    This is such a helpful post, Kristen! I have a few bigger builds in the planning stages and will refer back to this post for the drawer slide info. Love your blog–it is written in a easy-to-understand perspective along with the typical problems novice woodworkers will encounter with their builds.


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