Kreg Drawer Slide Jig | Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement

These brackets work well, save you aggravation, and speed the process of installing drawers.

Kreg Drawer Slide Jig

Kreg Drawer Slide Jig



MANUFACTURER:Kreg Tool
MODEL:KHI-Slide
PRICE:$32.99
SOURCE:Find a Dealer
KEY FEATURES:
Slide Length Capacity:12" and longer
Slide-Type Compatibility:Ball-bearing, epoxy-coated, undermount
Minimum Cabinet Depth:14"
Includes:(2) brackets
(4) upper/lower sliders—installed
(1) owner’s manual

Drawers are an important part of woodworking, especially if you're going to be making kitchen cabinets, vanities or wall units. Even if you're focused on building furniture you will eventually have to install a drawer. If you opt for metal slides you'll quickly realize they are not the simplest things to install. Once you install the first half dozen or so you can get into the swing of things, and the rest go a bit smoother, but I'm always wishing I had a third hand to help keep slide in place while I fumble with location and screws.

Kreg has come up with a solution to this problem, and it's quite an ingenious solution, at that. Take the guesswork out of installing drawer slides with their Drawer Slide Jig.  It works on face frame and frameless cabinets. It works with 3/4 and full-extension ball bearing slides, as well as epoxy coated slides.

The manual takes you through the basic steps in order to bring the user up to speed with how the pair of brackets work, but I also found the 2-1/2 minute online video Kreg put together a huge help. Essentially, a bracket gets clamped to either side of the drawer opening. The brackets automatically square themselves to the front edge of the gable when clamped into place, as either the pullout tabs (for face frame installation) or the lip on the bracket (for frameless installation) register against the cabinet. The cabinet portion of the drawer slide then gets screwed to the gable. The brackets are then unclamped, rotated, and flipped from side to side, before being re-clamped to the cabinet flush with the lower edge of the newly installed drawer slide. The drawer box then sits directly on top of the brackets, the slide can be extended to the proper location relative to the drawer box, and then screwed in place.

This process will leave the user with a small, but even gap below the drawer, and a drawer that opens and closes easily and precisely. Bottom line: these brackets work well, save you aggravation and speed the process of installing drawers. For just over $30, this jig is well worth it if you plan on installing even a small bank of drawers anytime soon.

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Frameless Cabinets – Though the jig works great with face frames cabinets as well, when using it with frameless construction, the lip gets hooked over the front of the gable, the height of the jig is adjusted to a pencil line, and the brackets get clamped in place. The drawer slide sits on top of the jig and gets screwed in place.

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In or Out – Depending on the type of cabinets you're working on the tabs will just need to pulled out or kept in.

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Alignment Marks – Once the slide is secured to either side of the cabinet, rotate the brackets and clamp them to the underside of the slide, with the "2" line flush with the front of the cabinet. You can then place the drawer box on top of the brackets and screw the slides to the drawer.

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