Install Drawer Slides to lathe workbench

Install Drawer Slides to lathe workbench

Install Drawer Slides to lathe workbench was todays task with my design of my Axminster AH-1218VS Woodturning Lathe workbench.

A lot of the information is covered by my latest video on my youtube channel. For your ease I have embedded it below.

The carcass of the 3 drawers for the bench were made using 225mm x 3000mm x 50mm rough sawn timber. So the first task was to produce the required sizes. I then used my Charnwood W588 8” x 5” Bench Top Planer/Thicknesser bought last year at the first Exeter Woodworking and Power Tool show. I have been very impressed with the W588 and really appreciate the increase in quality it produces.

Once the timber was to size I used the Charnwood W629 10” Cast Iron Table Saw to cut slots for both the rear panel and the grooves for the plywood base. Again, I have been very pleased with both the quality of the tool and the customer service of Charnwood themselves. I have had a couple of issues but judge the way problems are dealt with as more important. To that end I would certainly recommend them to UK based woodworkers. 

Installing the Drawer slides

After glueing up the drawers, they were measured to ensure square. Then a centre line was drawn on the sides of the drawers. The slides used came as a pair and required one element to be attached the cabinet wall, whilst the other part to the drawer sides. This meant that the runner had to be split for fitting.

One way many runners operate is by means of a nylon catch inside of the biggest runner (see photo’s below). Once the nylon catch is lifted then the runners can be split. The largest runner should be attached to the sides of the cabinet area, whilst the smaller one is attached to the drawer side itself.

Remember to have the runner orientated towards the front of the drawer. If you don’t it will prove quite secure 🙂 I made up a T square using some scrap plywood and marked the runner mounting holes onto it.  I then screwed in some screws so their points were showing the underside. That allows the markings to be transferred to the cabinet walls and ensures they are square.


Once the ‘T’ piece is made its simply a case of screwing the correct runner part in the correct orientation and then fit. Simple 🙂

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