Installing Table Slides

Obtaining Maximum Service from your Wood Table Slides and Gear Table Slides

Installing Table Slides Store in a dry area, excess humidity can affect the slides, particularly before they are installed.

Make sure you have the right type of slides
  • 4 leg tables, dividing base and dividing leg tables where both top and legs move jointly, use a standard table slide which develops a camber (curved arc) to compensate sagging of the center of the table.
  • Solid pedestal and non-dividing base tables, where only the top extend and the base remains stationary, use an equalizer gear table slide which develops a camber (curved arc) to compensate the sagging of the ends of the table.
  • Using the wrong type of slide will accentuate the sagging of the table instead of compensating for it.

  • Pairs
    : Under each table, install a right and a left slide (right side is stamped in blue left side is stamped in red). Even if there is no right or left side to a table it is important to have a right and left side (a pair) to minimize the wobbling movement of the table when the pulling action is triggered. When one slide is weakened by an outward movement the other slide is counter acting by pressing one section against the other, stabilizing the movement and giving the result of a smooth and efficient sliding (opening).

    Attachment Screws
    : Use #10 round headed screws, 1-1/2" long and threaded on 2/3 of the body. Do not strip the screw. Carefully drill pilot holes, in the table top, with a depth stop collar to prevent drilling through table top. Measure screws carefully so that thread protruding from table slide will not go thru table top.

    When installing
  • Slightly squeeze the parts together to eliminate looseness. The play between the sliding components of the slide prevents the slide from "sticking" when it absorbs a little humidity. Slightly squeezing the parts together at installation eliminates the looseness, but the room remains to absorb the natural humidity variances in a home.
  • To install the slide, close the table but keep the slide slightly open (about ¼"). This will insure that your table always completely closes before the slide does.
  • Install your slides parallel to one another and parallel to your table. A non-parallel installation of the slide would prevent them from opening adequately.
  • For solid pedestal and non-dividing base tables, pre-drill the holes in the center section of the slide before you fix it to your center leg. Make sure the holes do not pierce the dovetail part of the section as the screws would get in the way of the opening.
  • For equalizing slides, make sure nothing gets in the way of the equalizer mechanism.
  • Guidelines for overall size - closed length of table slide:
    Closed length of slide should ideally be at least a few inches more than half of your table top.
    For example, if your table top (without the extension leaves) measures 48" long, the slide should have at least a closed length of 26" (48"/2 + 2" = 26")
  • These are manufacturer guidelines only individual applications may vary