For many beginning woodworkers, one of the most intimidating aspects of solid wood furniture construction is gluing up wide flat panels for large project parts. That’s because, unlike other jobs, slow and steady won’t win this race. Once you spread the glue, you have less than 10 minutes to pull everything together.
Frame-and-panel construction has been used for centuries to build cabinet doors, case sides, and other assemblies. It is so attractive you might think it was designed that way just for looks. But it was actually devised as an elegant solution to the perennial problem of wood movement.
When it comes to smooth-running, trouble-free drawers, you just can’t beat the action you get from a set of properly installed drawer slides. While some purists may scoff at their use in handmade furniture, mechanical slides are a mainstay of the kitchen cabinet industry and take a lot of the hassle out of installing drawers in cabinets and furniture alike. So rather than debate whether drawer slides belong in your next project, the real question becomes: How do you choose from all the options available? In this handy guide, I’ll help you pick the right slides for the application at hand and save time that you might otherwise spend on research.