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I am currently working on my first shop, (8x14). I been researching uTube, pinterest, google .... and of course here. I am a little stuck on a decision on drawer slides. Sooo many options!!!

I have planned approx. 20 drawers (prob many more later) ranging from (hxwxd) 2"-8"x 20"-30"x24". I don't plan on any excessive weight, a nice clean look, easy slide, full extension of the drawer, and be able to hold the weight while it's fully extended. I'm on the OCD side so my whole shop will have to be using the same slides.

My biggest issue is budget! I love the Ball bearing drawer slides, (like these https://www.lowes.ca/drawer-hardware...g-drawer-slide) but at $20-$30 a pair puts it on the expensive side. I don't mind the challenge of creating my own as long as I don't loose drawer space or are very time consuming.

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I built a new outfeed table for my table saw last winter with 21 drawers in it and the cost of those slides was prohibitive to me too. Something I've used in the past is strips of counter top laminate on both the carcase and on the bottom of the the drawer runners. These slide fairly easy and last close to forever. If they get sticky you can rub parafin wax on them and they will slide better again. If you fit the carcase supports for the drawers so that the supports are just a bit farther apart than the drawers are tall then you can pull them out quite a ways. And if you need them all the way out then just remove the drawer and get what you need and shove it back in the carcase. Because you aren't lining up slide halves it's pretty easy to do that. That type drawer is the traditional style, the laminate slides is just my twist on it.

You can cut the strips on a table saw if you use a blade with zero or negative hook (miter saw blade e.g.) and zero clearance insert. A hooked blade and regular insert will cause the lam to shatter.

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all the slides on this site are good ones except for the value line...
down size the load rating and the the cost is less...
https://www.cabinetparts.com/c/drawe...des+side+mount

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I've had good success with the Promark full extension slides from Amazon. They're cheaper in a 10-pack.

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Any shop drawers I make will simply pull out, then placed on the bench, to go thru it, then put back in. Don't see any need for slides. Or, could just put a stop on the back of the drawer that will catch on the front of the opening. Personally, I prefer just pulling the entire drawer out. K.I.S.S. at work.

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I've had good success with the Promark full extension slides from Amazon. They're cheaper in a 10-pack.
https://www.amazon.ca/Promark-Extens...tension+slides
$178 /10pk

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all the slides on this site are good ones except for the value line...
down size the load rating and the the cost is less...
https://www.cabinetparts.com/c/drawe...des+side+mount
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Brewer; try Richelieu. Do you have any contractor buddies who can buy there wholesale?
https://www.richelieu.com/ca/en/category/?stateProv=ON
Home Depot in Canada carries their stuff as well.
As for the expense, look at it this way, you're only going to do this once and hopefully it'll last you for decades.
Bite the bullet and do it right the first time. Full extension is absolutely the way to go. Sure as Hell the item you want will be at the back!
I finally got all my fasteners organized by type (RH machine screws in one drawer, FH wood screws in a another,etc. )and I just wish I'd done it years ago.
With one hand I can open the drawer, reach in and grab what I need, and close the drawer. Don't even need to put the brewski down...
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do it right the first time ... and doing it ONCE! I say it all the time ...

Found these ... Making Wooden Drawer Slides ? WoodArchivist

and these:

http://woodarchivist.com/wp-content/...es-340x211.jpg

anyone made these?
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Ok, I hope this isn't a silly question but, if my drawers are 24" deep, I need a 24" slide? Is the mounting and other things already considered?
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