{Modifying} Classic Wood Center Mount Drawer Slides


Have you ever bought something and then needed to modify them to even work? That’s what happened to us when we bought Classic Wood Center Mount Drawer Slides for our dressers.

Yesterday, I wrote about How to Make a Zero Clearance Table Saw Guard–the main purpose for Mr. Woodsy making that was because he needed to modify the Classic Wood Center Mount Drawer Slides we ordered from Rockler.

Not only were the drawer slides too long, but they didn’t fit in flush with how the drawers were made. The first thing Mr. W did was measure how long the new wood center mount drawer slides needed to be.

Cutting Classic Wood Center Mount Drawer Slides

Once you’ve measured the length needed, you’ll want to cut the Classic Wood Center Mount Drawer Slides with a chop saw.

Then, using your Zero Clearance Table Saw Insert begin running the edge of the drawer slide against the saw blade.

Cutting Drawer Slides

This is what we needed to do for our drawers; however, your’s may be totally different. *Make sure you keep your drawer slide flat against the fence while running it through the saw.

Prior to adhering your new drawer slide on the drawer make sure you remove all the old glue.

Next, attach the middle center mount that the drawer slide will rest on.

Next, you’ll want to mount the actual center mount on to the drawer. Using wood glue and a silicone brush begin applying a light coat to the dresser.

Then, apply a thin coat to the drawer mount itself.

Carefully, place the drawer mount on top of the glue area on the bottom of the drawer.

Gently push down on the drawer slide.

The drawer slide should now be in place.

Screw the drawer slide into the dresser.

Clean up the glue on each side smoothing out the glue on the edges.

Lastly, place a weight on the drawer and slide and let it dry!

*Remember, every dresser is different and your steps may vary depending on the dresser.


  1. Ray O'Sullivan says:

    I have the same set of drawer glides, my question is the old ones are thicker by about 1/16″ each piece. Will I need to shim each so the drawers will close in the same place as before? I am thinking if I do not shim the drawer will be 1/8 inch lower than the one next to it.

    • If the drawer’s get inset into the frame of the dresser I would shim it. If the draw’s are outside the frame you don’t really need to shim it cause its only a 16th of an inch. Hope this helps you.

  2. After all you had to do to modify the purchased slides, was it worth the original cost? You said you screwed the slide into the dresser. Did you mean into the drawer? Was it front and back or is one screw in it good enough?

    • Mrs. Woodsy aka Katie says:

      Hi Marti, thank you for visiting Sew Woodsy. We didn’t really have a choice we had to replace the broken slides. The slides only came in once size so you have to cut them in order to fit the dresser. We screwed one part of the slide into the dresser and the other part on to the drawer. I hope that makes sense. We only used one screw in the back for the drawer and also glued the slide to the dresser drawer. For the dresser slide we screwed one screw in each of the front and back. Feel free to email us if you have any more questions.

  3. Jonathan L says:

    Hi guys,

    Where can I find the door slide in the pic? I need a strip of that plastic piece for one of the drawers but not sure where to buy it. Most stores now only sell the new, more advanced runners.


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