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post #1 of 5 Old 05-06-2015, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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Does the length of a drawer glide need to be the same as the drawer.? I have a set of glides that are 15" long, but the drawer is 17. Will this work with the exception of how far the drawer will open?
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Does the length of a drawer glide need to be the same as the drawer.? I have a set of glides that are 15" long, but the drawer is 17. Will this work with the exception of how far the drawer will open?
It depends on the drawer glide. If it's a side mount drawer glide, then it will work just fine.

The only issue I see is that for under mount drawer glides, the glide need to fit into a hole in the back of the drawer, but side mount units will be fine.
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Also, you would have to put in some spacers to attach the cabinet part of the undermount slides, since those are usually attached to the backs of the cabinets.
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If they are full extension slides then between 1 1/2" and 2" would remain in the cabinet but would function fine. Other types of slides about 3" to 4" stays in the cabinet anyway so using slides 2" short you are looking at 5" to 6" staying in the cabinet which would be too much to tolerate.
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Yes, it WILL work. As the Steve mentioned, the drawer will NOT be "fully exposed". However, if needs must, go for it.

Drawer slides are NOT permanent things: if you don't like the results you can always buy longer ones. I've gone with short slides myself a couple of times simply to get the project done. Once it was okay as it was, once I replaced them for longer ones. It really depends on what the user is going to put in the drawer.
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