How To Make Wooden Full Extension Drawer Slides – Woodworking

How To Make Wooden Full Extension Drawer Slides – Woodworking

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  1. Spencer Sauce on November 17, 2023 at 10:28 pm

    Hey John. I was doing some research because I’m about to build my first drawer here soon. I really liked this idea. I have the tools to build something like this, so why not build it instead of using all that money? Thank you so much man.

  2. JimVid on November 17, 2023 at 10:29 pm


  3. Steve Murphy on November 17, 2023 at 10:29 pm

    I made some of these with a minor variation. Instead of gluing the hardwood runners directly to the drawers and cabinets sides, i gluedthe hardwood runners to a piece of luan. Four per drawer. I did that so I could adjust them to fit, rather than calculated as my work is ahem, not as precise as Johns. They attach with eight countersunk screws each going through the luan. Rubbed some candle wax on the contact surfaces and the drawers slide like glass! Thanks John!

  4. Jordan on November 17, 2023 at 10:31 pm


    You are awesome

    Great vid

    Great explanation

    Just subbed

    Fantastic work my boy 🤙

  5. Paul Ruud on November 17, 2023 at 10:34 pm

    Finally used these drawer slides. Excellent! I had to try designing my own to appreciate how clever this design is. Looks simple and is simple and that is genius. Thank you, John!

  6. Jaime Baca on November 17, 2023 at 10:35 pm

    Your videos are awesome!

  7. S Firtik on November 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm

    How do I accomplish this without a shop and NO table saw? I have an area to work in but it’s just a covered porch/lean-to.

  8. Leonardo Maldonado on November 17, 2023 at 10:38 pm

    Amazing. I was breaking my head to create that (a wooden max opening drawer slider) and you did it so simple. Loved it. Where do I pay you for saving my brain?

  9. Wizard Master on November 17, 2023 at 10:39 pm

    They work and look just great! thanks for sharing! Now only if someone would make a video of making long wooden clamps !! that would be so helpful.

  10. Angela L on November 17, 2023 at 10:40 pm

    Brilliant! I was looking for a locking slide for an application I was wanting to try, but couldn’t find something that would work the way I want. This will allow me to make my own slide and add a lock at different locations.

  11. Andrew Connor on November 17, 2023 at 10:41 pm

    Building this, cutting the slots right now, this is why I got into woodworking during pandemic, this kind of diy stuff, and for sure your channel inspired me I could build tools and do it myself, I didn’t need to buy very much, it’s everything I’m about!

  12. Farmer Jesse on November 17, 2023 at 10:42 pm

    Very cool and great design! My only worry would be the machine screw threads wearing out the slide over time. Maybe make the holes bigger on the slides and use a nylon washer over the screw? Either way, I love it!

  13. Paolo Depiante on November 17, 2023 at 10:46 pm

    Hello Mr. Heisz, I hope you are doing fine. How did the runners behave after two years? My concern is the threads of the screws biting and scraping the wood of the runners, have you noticed anyting of this? Thank you for sharing so clearly your good work, greetings from the other end of the continent.

  14. John Heisz - I Build It on November 17, 2023 at 10:50 pm

    Want to make something you can use and also help support this channel? Buy a plan!

  15. Douglas Marston on November 17, 2023 at 10:51 pm

    Something to look at.. at 3:39, you can see the turn wheel on the side of your router table (angle adjustment?) move from the vibration. It may just be slop, but thought you should be aware.

  16. mpetersen6 on November 17, 2023 at 10:51 pm

    How much weight can they handle versus metal ones?

  17. Rand P on November 17, 2023 at 10:55 pm

    A quality craftsman. Well done again

  18. Doug Tilaran on November 17, 2023 at 10:55 pm

    Most excellent. Off to build a fence like yours too. Old tank didn’t come with one. Sooo $200 or. BUILD IT

  19. P51DDreamer on November 17, 2023 at 10:58 pm

    What are the load bearing capacities of the plywood slides?

  20. bhartissimo on November 17, 2023 at 10:58 pm

    Thanks, John! You come up with one brilliant idea after another. And not just ideas. You make them work! And share them! Thanks!

  21. Karan Parkin on November 17, 2023 at 10:59 pm

    Boy, are you impressive!

  22. iggy sixx on November 17, 2023 at 10:59 pm

    Very good idea – thanks, John!

    Also; plywood seems like a better choice than solid wood 🙂
    Less chance of warping – which I think is important when all the parts are part of a mechanical moving system.

    (If the shape changes due to moisture, or the wood drying unevenly or whatnot, everything could lock up)

    So yes; easier, since it’s already a uniform thickness.
    But also the better choice for this project, i think 🙂

  23. Sandra Mckee on November 17, 2023 at 11:01 pm

    Thank you

  24. snowpaw360 on November 17, 2023 at 11:02 pm

    Man gonna make so many of these once I have a bigger workshop with a cnc

  25. 3's Woodworking Studio on November 17, 2023 at 11:03 pm

    Glad I found this video needed some 30" drawer slides and cheapest being $60 for one set is to much. Also I have a cnc and hoping to be able to batch these out. Thank you for the cut list.

  26. James Humphries on November 17, 2023 at 11:04 pm

    very cool idea,, awesome, thank you for sharing your teknik

  27. Sheila W on November 17, 2023 at 11:05 pm

    That’s absolutely amazing, thank you again for sharing your skills

  28. Gökhan Türkeli on November 17, 2023 at 11:07 pm

    What about adding bearings instead of using just screws? Would it worth it?

  29. David Young on November 17, 2023 at 11:08 pm

    Watched this video last year when it first posted, finally got around to making my own set this last week. They work amazing! Thank you for sharing your creativity and talent with the rest of us!

  30. Gone sideways on November 17, 2023 at 11:10 pm

    John you must have been a Tool & Die maker as I was for over forty years when I saw you pull out your calipers and measure, this is the way I measure also. Took a woodworking class for over twenty years at local community college they all laughed at me for measuring this close. Great tips on slides love your gear movement on vise, I think I would need a dividing head and Bridgeport to make this one. Your teaching skills are excellent keep doing what you love !

  31. r pol on November 17, 2023 at 11:12 pm

    Louis ck is rad

  32. Pete Woodhead on November 17, 2023 at 11:13 pm

    Thanks John, super clever, of course you know that!😉

  33. Mitchell Collinsworth on November 17, 2023 at 11:13 pm

    Thank you, John. Just tried this and I am amazed at how simple it is, and yet how great it works. It looks great, very subtle. Thank you for sharing.

  34. Denis Boerjan on November 17, 2023 at 11:13 pm

    I’ve been trying to form an idea for these wooden full extension drawer slides lately and just happened to find your plans. Excellent! Thank you.

  35. Stephen Fishman on November 17, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    I only just now saw your video about full extension drawer slides made from wood. Great! Two questions…Is there a predictable way to scale the dimensions up or down for shorter or longer drawers? What is the nominal weight carrying capacity of these slides, as built in the video? Thanks. You’re an inspiration to those of us who are late bloomers in wood shop.

  36. Zeub chovis on November 17, 2023 at 11:15 pm

    This is genius work. Greetings from Pakistan.

  37. Ash Dolman on November 17, 2023 at 11:16 pm

    Hi, i really like this idea.
    What sort of weight to you think a 900mm long draw could hold when extended?

    Thanks for sharing your idea.

  38. jeff mastin on November 17, 2023 at 11:19 pm

    This is awesome! For some reason here in Portugal the metal full extensions I used to buy in USA for less than 10 bucks are over $30 here! Plus, these things solars gum up eventually. I like the idea of waxed sliding wood instead of the bearings

  39. jeffhreid on November 17, 2023 at 11:19 pm

    These are brilliant. Well done

  40. Lori L on November 17, 2023 at 11:20 pm

    What amazing knowledge and ingenuity

  41. GeeDeeBird on November 17, 2023 at 11:20 pm

    Thank you for sharing this inspired creation. I’m curious why you made the center slide 2 inches wide. It occurs to me that you could make a pair of single slot "half" slides out of the same 3/4 inch stock as the runners (assuming you use hardwood for everything), then flip and glue them together to make a 1 1/2 inch slide. This would have the added virtue of allowing you to use up all of that 3/4 inch oak you have laying around from your kitchen renovation (okay, maybe that’s just me). A second thought is that, the screw threads may cause unnecessary wear and tear. What do you think of the idea of cutting small pieces of brass or steel tubing to slip over the screws? This would also serve as a consistent depth stop. There may even be a similar hardware product out there that I’m unaware of. Again, thanks so much!

  42. AEW Designs on November 17, 2023 at 11:22 pm

    Would these work for weight of about 250 pounds

  43. Jeremy Denzer on November 17, 2023 at 11:22 pm

    Excellent engineering Wonderful wood working skills but no way they hold up with frequent use over time and weighted.

  44. Cindy McCloud on November 17, 2023 at 11:22 pm

    I’m not able to find the drawer slide plans. Can you help me?

  45. Rajbir Singh on November 17, 2023 at 11:23 pm

    Great idea. Great video.

  46. Australia4031 on November 17, 2023 at 11:23 pm

    Excellent alternative to expensive metal slides. Encouraging for amateur woodworkers.

  47. Dan Adamson on November 17, 2023 at 11:23 pm

    John, you are one of the smartest guys I know. Your ability to figure out mechanical movements and translate those to wood is simply amazing.

  48. Guillermo Torrejón C on November 17, 2023 at 11:23 pm

    increíblemente sencillo. artístico.

  49. Jason Bowman on November 17, 2023 at 11:24 pm

    Is it OK to paint the slides 🤔 using cabinet 🎨 and it still slide easily 🤔 I may make mine for a kitchen and thought about painting them since plywood is cheaper and easier

  50. Rudy Torres on November 17, 2023 at 11:25 pm

    Awesome Job! Thank you!

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