How to make cabinets and drawers soft close

Soft close drawer guide: build, replace or retrofit (Guru Guide 2021)

Building or upgrading to a soft close drawer requires understanding drawer construction, mounting options and drawer brands. Did you know for new drawers its best to use an undermount soft close slide? While for retrofits a side mount soft close is usually required (and most economical). In this article we’ll show you the right slides and tools to make your drawers better. With soft close drawer slides available from just over $10 up to $35 a drawer it’s not really …

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DIY Guide to Best Heavy Duty Drawer Slides (2021 Review)

Looking for heavy duty drawer slides for your next project? Not sure if that means a 100, 250 or 500-pound slide? In this article we’ll help you understand the variety of slides and what might be best for your project. Heavy duty drawer slides are expensive. And they have non-standard side clearances (typically .75″) that almost always require purchasing them first.  In this article we’ll help you: Understand the variety of slides and weight ranges available Find features like locking …

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DIY Guide: How to Measure Drawer Slides in 5 Simple Steps

Understanding how to measure drawer slides is the first step to ensuring a proper installation. And is a must before building drawers or replacing slides. The good news is measuring for drawer slides is relatively straight forward.  But the bad news is there are a wide variety of drawer slides, countless manufacturers and some basic cabinet (or furniture) considerations to consider.  Plus, learning how to measure for drawer slides isn’t just the length but also understanding the width and height. …

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Best #8 Screws for Drawer Slides (Recycle Factory Screws!)

#8 screws that come with drawers slides are typically junk. And I’ve both experienced this and read the reviews that have dinged good drawer slides over a simple screw. What’s so special about a good #8 wood screw? Well, it needs aggressive threads, a large truss head and a well made head for driving. Otherwise, your perfect drawer adjustment will come out of alignment over normal use of the drawer. And nobody wants to install a drawer slide twice. Consider …

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3 Best Low Profile Drawer Slides for Small Drawers

Low profile drawer slides are often used for shallow drawers or pull out shelves where the slide needs to blend in. But unfortunately, there just aren’t a lot of these types of slides on the market. So in this article we’ll review the best low profile drawer slides on the market and what will work best for your project. While there are just a few slides, the Knape & Vogt 4430 (Amazon) stands out as a high quality slide with …

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