Drawers in woodworking projects can be very useful. They can be dainty affairs, holding just a few pens and pencils, or they can be massive and built to withstand an entire file drawer’s worth of files and papers.
During last season’s kitchen cabinet opus, Norm Abram even advised that it would be more convenient for the home cook to replace cabinets with doors with banks of full-extension drawers in lower cabinets, making it easier to reach everything held within.
While drawer construction might be intimidating to the average woodworker, choosing a method for the drawers to operate smoothly and hold the weight can pose its own challenges.
Wooden runner systems can be tricky to build, so that’s why companies have developed an array of different styles of metal drawer runners. Side mount, bottom mount, 3/4 extension, full extension and full extension over-travels are just some of the different varieties of runners out there.
While these runners are great, they can look out of place on a period reproduction piece, an they might be overkill on smaller drawers. Also, woodworkers have built their own slide systems for centuries with great results.
So, this week, we want to know what you think about metal drawer runners and how you might use them.