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Speeding drawer slide
Miller FastBlock makes
installing drawer slides on
face-frame cabinets faster
Sometimes it’s the simple things
that make a big difference. Save
a minute here and a minute
there and pretty soon you’ve
saved an hour. That’s much of
the thinking behind the Miller
FastBlock available from Fast-Cap. This is a very simple device
designed to shave time off of
your drawer slide installs while
helping to eliminate some of
the little spacing and alignment
irritations that frequently show
up in those jobs.
The Miller FastBlock has a
main block housing a smaller
block. The one shown at
right is fully assembled. A set
screw holds the small block,
The Miller FastBlock works with all
slides and offers adjustment in all
Developed by cabinetmaker Herbert
Miller, the Miller FastBlock is deceptively
simple. It’s just a little ABS plastic block
that you use in place of the wood blocks
typically required to evenly space drawer
slides in face-frame applications.
I know, I can already hear you saying
it: Why do I need a plastic block when I
can cut wood blocks from scrap in the
shop? The answer is that the money
you save from using scrap blocks will
be more than lost in the extra time you
spend fussing with the drawer slides and
blocks lining everything up.
The Miller FastBlock has two parts.
There’s the body of the block with two
slotted holes for mounting screws. Then
there is a small square insert that works
for either wood screws or Euro screws.
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That’s what you will screw the slide to.
The small block is held into the block
body with a set screw.
How it works
In typical face-frame installation, you
loosen the set screw so you can move
the small block in and out, then hold
the whole block behind the face frame
and flush it up. Tighten the set screw
then screw any slide onto the FastBlock.
Next, screw the slide to the front, just as
you would normally. Then level the slide
and screw in the FastBlock at the back.