I am building a reproduction cabinet (appearance only) and the lady would like the same drawer slides as her kitchen, which are the tandems. I am concerned that mounting the slides across the grain of the solid pine gable ends is going to cause problems due to seasonal changes in the width of the gable ends. The gables are 20 inches deep. Am I being overly concerned, and if I am not, is there a way around this problem?
From contributor A:
Do you have a face frame? Mount the slides to a ripping of plywood. Mount the front of the plywood ripping to the back of the face frame, and staple the back of the plywood ripping through the back of the cabinet. This keeps that plywood ripping isolated from the pine and it can move all it wants. Unless I missed something, this will work wonderfully for you. I do it all the time this way because I think adjustment is much easier initially than moving the slides. You don't have to stick your head up inside the cabinet to see what you're doing.