Retrofitting New Drawer Slides in Old Face Frame Cabs
From the original questioner:
To contributor A: First of all thanks for the reply, but I am unclear regarding the procedure you are suggesting. I think that you are suggesting that I take the piece of scrap, butt it against the side of the face frame and use that to mark the position of the drawer front opening on the back side? If that is what you are suggesting would you still need to level and plumb the scrap piece or would you be fine just butting the piece flush to the face frame and using a clamp?
From contributor B:
Another way to do what Tom is suggesting is to cut the scrap piece the size (length) of the drawer opening, mount the slides to the ends of it, insert it and attach to the back of the cabinet. This will keep the proper spacing at the rear of the slides and keep them parallel. The only other adjustment you'll need is up and down. Your side to side will be taken care of. A torpedo level works well, or you can just insert the drawer box and let it tell you what it needs to do.
From contributor C:
Another spin on the same technique is to make a piece of wood very similar to what has been posted above, but instead of affixing the bracket to the wood, use it as a jig to attach the bracket right to the back. It will help if the inset on the edges of the FF are all the same. Although, now that I think about it, it may be faster and certainly easier to just do exactly as posted above. Some of those cabinets can be hard to work in due to space constraints. Would putting in the block affect the shelves? If so, you can run the block from the top of the cabinet down. It would only about 6" long and a little more difficult to install.
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