How To Shorten Drawer Slides

Use a Hacksaw to Cut Drawer Slides to a Length Needed for a Project!

Lately I’ve been running into this problem… The plan calls for drawer slides and I have a few on hand but they are too long. Ok, let me be honest here – I am building a desk and thought I ordered 22″ slides for the project but I ordered 24″ instead. I didn’t want to send them back and wait, which holds up my project. I just whipped out the hacksaw and cut the drawer slides to the length I needed.

The roller slides are inexpensive, and generally the home improvement stores only carry them in certain lengths – usually 14″ to 22″. I know I’ve drawn a few plans where 12″ or even 10″ drawer slides are needed. The shorter slides can be found online through eBay or other woodworking stores but generally, I don’t want to wait for them to be shipped to me (not that I am impatient or anything!) nor pay an outrageous amount of money for them.

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So, I was ready to install the drawer slides in my desk and realized they were too long. Great. You see, the hacksaw and I do not get along. I usually sweet-talk Matt into cutting things with the hacksaw for me because the saw likes him better but Matt was busy building cabinets for the Rebel house. I decided to make more of an effort to cooperate with the hacksaw. After all, I had seven sets of slides to cut down and it was time for me to show the hacksaw who the boss really is… ha!

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What You’ll Need:

  • Drawer Slides
  • Hacksaw
  • Masking Tape

Start by removing the packaging from the slides. I like to use the masking tape to secure each set together – this way I can make fewer cuts. Since I was shortening the slides by 2″, I made a mark 2″ from the end I was cutting off.

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Make the cut and that is it! A new hole may have to be drilled at the end of the slides for installation – use a drill bit for metal to do that, then install the slides and go!

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It is so easy to cut drawer slides! Just for the record, I’ve only tried this on the roller-type of slides and not the ball-bearing slides. I’m not sure it would work as well but I may try in the future! You could also build your own drawer slides with wood!

Originally posted 2013-12-03 08:00:50.

  • Rae Buchanan

    Well, Cher, I am so glad I have found your blog. As I said, you are a woman after my own heart. Gad you showed that hacksaw who’s boss, you are!!

    • CherTexter

      Thanks so much, Rae, I really appreciate it!

  • vinma

    This is great! I have come across this situation a few times before. And I had no idea as to what to do with the bigger drawer slides 🙂 well, now I know what to do. Thank you Cher 🙂

    • CherTexter

      Thanks so much! I have done this quite a few times and have been thrilled with the results!

  • Ever more impressive Cher.

    • CherTexter

      Thank you, Elle!

  • I have 2 out of the 3 required tools (tape)! 🙂

    • CherTexter

      LOL! I’ll send you my hacksaw if you need it!

  • We have, you might say, a bad history with saws. Perhaps I’ll send you the story of when we went tree cutting last year…

    • CherTexter

      LOL! That saw and I cannot get along, and I’m not sure why!

  • Jim

    Don’t you need to end of the slides to “lock” the drawer in place? Basically to keep the drawer from opening up slightly when you close it?

    • CherTexter

      When the cabinet side slides are installed, they can be angled down very slightly. This will prevent the drawers from opening by themselves. Hope this helps!

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