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post #1 of 5 Old 10-24-2015, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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Drawer runner dimensions

I'm building a workbench, and it will have some drawers under the top. These drawers will be able to pull out from either side, so I thought I'd route some dados in the sides of the drawers, and then use a strip up hardwood for a drawer runner. I hope I'm using the term "drawer runner" correctly, as I'm not fully educated in woodworking jargon.

The drawers boxes would be made from 5/8" plywood, and the sides of the carcass that holds the drawers would be 3/4" plywood. I thought, just for alignment and rigidity, that I would made a dado in the carcass, and the runner would fit into it.

So, for maximum strength and longevity, I'm wondering how deep the dados should be in the drawer boxes and carcass, and what the dimensions of the runner should be.

Since the plywood for the drawer boxes is going to be 5/8" thick, I was thinking that the dado would be 1/4" deep. I was also thinking that the dado in the carcass would be 1/4" deep. So my runner would be about 1/2" thick. Is that going to be strong enough?

I don't plan to store really heavy stuff in these drawers, but I'd guess that each drawer should be able to hold a maximum of 30 pounds. A rough estimate of the size of the drawer boxes is 25 inches deep X 18 inches wide X 6 inches high.
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The term drawer runner is accurate. What you have planned should work fine. 1/4" deep dado should be fine. I would recommend using as hard of a wood as you can get for the runner. Every time the drawer is used it rubs a little wood off the runner.

Normally though with a drawer of that type there is a drawer front covering the slides but since you will be having the drawer come out both sides you will have to have the dado go completely through.
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The term drawer runner is accurate. What you have planned should work fine. 1/4" deep dado should be fine. I would recommend using as hard of a wood as you can get for the runner. Every time the drawer is used it rubs a little wood off the runner.

Normally though with a drawer of that type there is a drawer front covering the slides but since you will be having the drawer come out both sides you will have to have the dado go completely through.
Steve, thanks for your reply. I'll be going to Home Depot in the morning for the wood for the runners. They have red oak, mahogany, birch, and maple. Maple is the hardest, yes? I was planning on getting the maple, unless one of the other woods would work better.
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I like maple for drawer runners. Especially with some wax on it.
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Steve, thanks for your reply. I'll be going to Home Depot in the morning for the wood for the runners. They have red oak, mahogany, birch, and maple. Maple is the hardest, yes? I was planning on getting the maple, unless one of the other woods would work better.
Red oak has hard and soft places. Mahogany is soft as pine. Birch or hard maple would work fine for that application. Just be careful not to get the soft maple.
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