so ive been asked to retrofit a kitchens worth of drawers. its a kraftmaid kitchen, I don't know how old but the drawers are sliding terrible, they are undermount but no soft close, just self close. grass, old style dynapro. I cant find a number on them. anyway, they are sized ( clearance wise) for the 1/2" or 5/8" slide. meaning, the box is 5/8" less than the opening. but these drawers are all made from 11/16" stock. ive checked it many times. so my question is, do I go with 5/8" slide and worry that the drawer will rub being that its a bit too thick or bump up to the 3/4" slide and then have to alter the clearance which would mean packing out the slides. I cant understand why a drawer is 11/16", especially from a mega company like kraftmaid. I have none in stock currently and the job is pretty far away to be running back n forth to check both styles.
I have seen Kraftmaid use undermount slides for 3/4" stock quite a bit.
Side clearance is irrelevant on undermounts. The critical number is the opening width - the interior width of the drawer ÷ 2. I don't have the spec. sheets in front of me, so you will have to do the conversion, but...
Could the customer be talked into new drawer boxes? If not, I would just pack out the new slides. I use Blum tandems (563H), and a properly sized box has approximately 3/16" clearance on either side. Using this hardware, the slides would need packed out an additional 1/4" overall. If this is a face frame cab, you should be able to just add a 1/8" spacer at the face frame. If you use an adjustable rear mount bracket, you'll have the play needed. As noted above, I would double check the inside drawer box dimension, as that will effect the actual packing needed. You may need the 563F slide.
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