installing meta drawer slides

Learn how to install metal drawer slide hardware using the Rockler Universal Drawer Slide Jig. This woodworking jig is the ultimate aid for installing drawer slides of almost any type, including ball-bearing or epoxy-coated side-mount slides and even center-mount slides. The jig can be clamped in place if desired, and it also features an adjustable rod that references off of the face frame rails or cabinet bottom for fast, repeatable height settings.

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Video: How To Install Metal Drawer Slides - Video Transcript

Speaker: Sooner or later we all installed drawers on projects whether it's a bank of cabinets like this, a dresser or a desk. When that time comes metal drawer slide hardware is an obvious choice. It's built ruggedly to last and it makes even a big drawer like this almost effortless to slide in and out. The challenge to drawer slide hardware is installing it. The slides are fairly heavy oftentimes we're working inside of a confined dark space that's hard to reach and they need to be positioned accurately. The slides have to be parallel to the top of the cabinet, perpendicular to the face and in the case of undermount slides, parallel to one another.

Now you can lay out all of that manually but it sure is helpful to have a jig make the process easier that's why I really like Rockler's universal drawer slide jig. I just used this jig recently on a big dresser project and it made installing those drawers so much easier than it used to be. If you don't have one of these jigs I'd like to show you some of its good features. For one it's got this sliding wedge mechanism on it that makes it easy to fit and lock slides of different sizes. It just friction fits against the hardware and holds it in place during the installation process without tools.

Rockler provides a hand saw style handle on this jig that makes it comfortable to hold and it's built out of glass reinforced nylon for durability. The jig also has three great access areas so you can reach through it with a drill driver for accessing the screws to install the slides. Rocklers engineers have truly tried to make this jig universal. You can hold it against the side of a cabinet for side mounted slides, as well as on a face frame rail for undermounted slides. It's got an indexing bar that's adjustable, so if you have a number of slides to install you can set this index rod, fit the jig in place and know that all of your slides will be mounted uniformly. It also has flares on the front of the jig that serve as clamping surfaces. Those flares are perpendicular to the body of the jig. Once you've got it clamped in place you know that this jig will be parallel and perpendicular in all the right places. This is one of those jigs that I wish came standard with the slides themselves because it's that handy.