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Old 11-19-2007, 04:48 AM   #1
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My next project is to construct one or two drawers for under the bench seats at the dinette. Had drawers on last motorhome but not on the new one. I may put in an access door on one side and a drawer on the other.
My plan so far is to use nylon glides or a small wheel on the bottom of the sides to roll the drawers, instead of a traditional slide assembly. The slide is not easy to find in that length anyway.
Ideas? thoughts?
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My next project is to construct one or two drawers for under the bench seats at the dinette. Had drawers on last motorhome but not on the new one. I may put in an access door on one side and a drawer on the other.
My plan so far is to use nylon glides or a small wheel on the bottom of the sides to roll the drawers, instead of a traditional slide assembly. The slide is not easy to find in that length anyway.
Ideas? thoughts?
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Old 11-19-2007, 07:37 AM   #3
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Try this: http://www.cabinetparts.com/shop_2006/grouping/?id=1620...Extension+Heavy+Duty
They have heavy duty, full extension, drawer guides in lengths up to 60". They are not cheap but they work a lot better than a plastic wheel!
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Thanks for the link Jerry alot of useful items.
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The effort to install drawers in several places in a MH will be very rewarding. I installed drawers in my pantry and it was a great help. Under my booth would be another likely candidate as would be under my sink.
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LeeValley.com has a great selection of drawer slides in there hardware catalog and thay are not nearly as expensive as most outlets. A 36" heavy duty pair of 250 lb. slides are $41.00. I actually purchased these slides after looking for some time. I do have drawers in my dinette seats but they are only 14" deep. Such a waste of space. I am building 42" drawers and using the 36" slides on them.
If you are interested the actual part number on these slides is 02K32.36 and this company has a nice selection of woodworking catalogs 1-800-871-8151.
I recently found almost the same slides at about the same price at the local Woodcraft store in Louisville. I checked the Woodcraft.com site and could not find them so if you have a Woodcraft store near by you might try it.
Good luck on your minor remodeling project.

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I have installed drawers under my dinette benches and under the bed. I did use non-swivel casters with about 2" wheels. I put guides on the floor so the drawer could only roll in and out straight. I also put a small threshold so the drawer would not roll out without a little pull. Works just great. The drawers are simple plywood boxes. I recessed the wheels into the bottom of the drawers so the drawer can be close to the floor.
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Old 11-20-2007, 09:28 AM   #8
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What a hassle finding 1/2 inch furniture grade plywood. HD and Lowes have pushed out all the local lumber yards. I did luck out and find some at HD which was 10 dollars more than their 3/4 inch furniture grade. Go figure. I got some 3/4 inch by 3/4 inch popular for bracing the bottom, which will be leuon plywood.
I am still hashing over the way to mount the drawer. I am looking to be as cheap as possible.Those heavy duty ones look great but maybe more than I want to spend so far.
I found some rv slides at
woodworkers hardware:
http://wwhardware.com/catalog.cfm/GroupID/Cabinet%20Dra...%20RV%20Stay%2DClose

but they are only 28 in length.

I found some rollers here that I am thinking may have possibilities and very inexpensive:
http://www.leevalley.com/hardware/page.aspx?page=43617&...614&sid=&ccurrency=1

If I can figure out how to put a stop in so it doesn't fly out on the road.

That 36" inch slide might also work, I do have a woodcraft store nearby. I will have to take a trip out to them and check.

It is so great to have input. Thanks everyone
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I have built lots of costom one-off pieces of furniture over the years. The best brand of drawer slides I have found, both regular and HD are the Accuride brand. They are sometimes available from H-Depot or Lowes, as well as through some cabinet supply shops. A 36" HD Accuride ball bearing slide pair with positive stops runs about $21-$25. The ones on thatother link may be Super HD but they are too much IMHO.

I would add some spray lithium grease to the Accurides over their factory grease and they will work just about forever with no maintenance.

I am in the process of building my own basement storage slide drawers, as well as modifying my cabinets (just a little due to budget). Later I may build custom cabinets but not just now...

Look around and keep us posted on what you find.

Another supplier(s) is(are) the RV surplus places. They sometimes have great deals on these slides allthough I am not confident that they are up to the Accuride quality.
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HD and Lowes both have a max length of 24" for 16 bucks.
I am thinking about that stay close rv slide --

the drawers will be 42 inches: If I got with the 28" full ext. slide I am trying to figure out if I have enough room to access the back of the drawer? or I was thinking also of making a couple of doors in the ends and a slide out plywood box/drawer.
I found another post on newsgroups where someone used back to back slides to get the length needed for the drawer.
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Update on progress:

There is more discussion in this thread:

Adding access to dinette storage


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Another option would be to put in shorter drawers and still have a "drop in" storage space accessed by still lifting the seat for larger but seldom used items that you can still store under the seat.Just a thought that may enhance your under the seat organization!
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