Building Large Pullout Case With Shelves


From original questioner:

Hello there,
I am building a narrow but deep cabinet. To maximize the depth I am building basically a bookcase that slips into the cabinet. The door and the bookcase will pull out and be accessed from the side. In the past when I have done this I have used regular sidemount slides mounted at the bottom and middle of the case on the front and back. Because of the depth of this cabinet I had to get 32" drawer slides and I went with a hettich slide that is rated for 500 lbs. They are pretty monstrous and I never really like being able to see the slides anyway when I have done something like this before. I was thinking that I could avoid having the slides visible if I build the bookcase/pullout part with a nailer at the top and bottom and then only mounted the slides to the back side at the top and bottom. I feel like the slides would be strong enough to support it, but I wondered if there might be a problem with binding by not having them on both sides. There would be a little extra stress pulling out on the top slide, and pushing in on the bottom, from the weight of the cabinet. Anyone have any experience doing it this way or have other input. Thanks.

From contributor Da

I suggest you put Hafele's Eku Forte slide under that pull out bookshelf. This is a 374 lb capacity slide that can be doubled up for twice the capacity. They are available in many length and would easily slide that out smoother than a ball bearing slide

From contributor st

Thanks for your response. I looked at those slides and they do look perfect for what I am doing, but they are out of my price range for this cabinet. Other than not being as good at the other slides, what do you think about my current plan of attaching them to the back?

From contributor Da

Stan, I tried what you are suggesting on a pantry pull-out we built, putting 2 slides on the same side of the pull-out. Because the pantry was in a corner, the thinking was the slides would not be seen. The result was a lot of side to side flex in the open position. 2 slides, 1 on each side of the bottom and 1 centered on the top and out of sight should address the flex issue and keep the visibility of the slides to a minimum.

From contributor ca

Fulterer USA has a product for this application

You can hide the mechanism top and bottom. Comes in various lengths. I have used them a lot from A/V installs to motor coaches.

I don't think the method you are detailing would work, but nothing like a trial run