All-Wood Extension Drawer Slides
Telescoping dovetails support a fully opened drawer with style
Synopsis: After one too many drawer spills, Karen Robertson set about designing a slide that worked like metal but was good-looking enough to use on fine furniture. She ended up with a telescoping dovetail mechanism that uses an intermediate slider with a dovetail on one face that fits a groove in the drawer side. The other face is grooved to match a dovetailed cleat fastened to the inside of the cabinet. A detailed project plan illustrates her design. She builds the drawer first and then makes the cleats and wood drawer slides, spending time to fine-tune the machine setups and sliding dovetails. Then she installs the stop pins and applies wax to keep the parts moving smoothly. She includes side information on building a jig for plunge-routing the slots.
I was rifling through my desk drawer trying to find a key, when the drawer spilled for the third time that…