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Manufactured drawer slides or wood?

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I am new to woodworking and I am making my first piece with drawers. I am really having a struggle with how to do the drawer slides. It seems that when you see expensive furniture in stores, it typically has wooden rails for the drawers to glide along. However, I really like the nice self closing metal slides you buy at the store. Does using manufactured slides lessen the quality of the furniture or does some high end furniture use this method?

I appreciate all of your advice on this.

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Joe
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The nicest furniture I've seen in stores is at the Amish Furniture places and they use high end manufactured slides. When I build a piece, it sort of depends on the abuse the drawers will take and my general mood at the time as to whether I used manufactured slides or not.
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Its more attitude than anything. Even though manufactured drawer guides are better and more durable they are normally regarded as substandard for furniture. People want to see more old world construction on furniture. If you follow the beat of a different drummer use the manufactured drawer guides. You are the one to please. If you are trying to please everyone else then you should stay with convention and use the wood runners.
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Thanks for the responses. I have to say that I just put the drawers in and I am not overly impressed with how they function with the glides. I am starting to think that I should have gone with wood glides. Live and learn I guess.
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Thanks for the responses. I have to say that I just put the drawers in and I am not overly impressed with how they function with the glides. I am starting to think that I should have gone with wood glides. Live and learn I guess.
If you have a finish on the furniture already coat the wood guides down with gulf wax real good and they will work much better. Its better to wait until the furniture is finished so you don't contaminate the wood with wax before finishing.
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