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    I am building a kitchen island that is going to have two large drawer,approximately 35" w14h x 22 deep.
    any undermount slides I have looked at call for maximum 1/2" sides. My incra system does not have a template for 1/2" dovetails,does have 3/8 I believe,but am concerned that may be too thin.I will be using hard maple.
    thoughts?
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    Re: Material thickness for drawers

    I use Blum undermounts and use a 5/8 thick drawer material. The Blum site gives you the different measurements based on the thickness of your drawer material. Using 5/8 you have to ensure the screw head does not protrude beyond the side of the drawer guide. With 5/8 material your drawer width is 3/8 less than the opening. Length is based on the slide you are using
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      Re: Material thickness for drawers

      Have you thought about using the sides that are intergrill with the slide then you only need a front back and bottom, I installed 2 draw units last week that had big draws in them they used the pressed steel drawer sides with the runners built in they looked good, I did wonder how long they would last??

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        Re: Material thickness for drawers

        I made pot and pan drawers that size a few years ago with 1/2 poplar. They have held up well. I think 3/8 maple would be ok.

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          Re: Material thickness for drawers

          Thanks Gentlemen
          i will check and see if I have a 5/8 template for the incra.
          they really want the maple ,with dovetails and undermount slides.the wood was harvested from thier farm

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            Re: Material thickness for drawers

            Originally posted by al.m.. View Post
            I am building a kitchen island that is going to have two large drawer,approximately 35" w14h x 22 deep.
            any undermount slides I have looked at call for maximum 1/2" sides. My incra system does not have a template for 1/2" dovetails,does have 3/8 I believe,but am concerned that may be too thin.I will be using hard maple.
            thoughts?
            I have used Salice under mount slides and those are good with 5/8" thick sides as well and the drawer width should be 3/8" less than the inside of the cabinet.

            This is just my opinion. A 14" high drawer is too tall. At 35"w x 14"h x 22"d your drawer might feel too heavy using hard maple. It might feel too front heavy as well. I would try to make the rear of the drawer as thick as I could to counterbalance the drawer once pulled out.

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              Re: Material thickness for drawers

              Originally posted by al.m.. View Post
              I am building a kitchen island that is going to have two large drawer,approximately 35" w14h x 22 deep.
              any undermount slides I have looked at call for maximum 1/2" sides. My incra system does not have a template for 1/2" dovetails,does have 3/8 I believe,but am concerned that may be too thin.I will be using hard maple.
              thoughts?
              Al:

              I built my kitchen cabinet drawers with 1/2 maple and used the Porter Cable jig to cut the dovetails. Please let me know if you want to borrow it.

              The drawers are installed on Blum undermount slides. I have the drilling jig that you could borrow as well if you decide to use Blum.

              Regards,

              J.
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                Re: Material thickness for drawers

                Al, I wouldn’t go thinner than 1/2” for your drawer sides. Those are big drawers and you’ll want some mass to keep them from looking like they don’t belong in a dollhouse. As far as weight balancing? It’s a non-issue with good hardware.

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