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Old 09-02-2015, 01:38 AM   #11
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Hmm iphone won't let me attach two pictures at once sorry. Here's the guide.
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Old 09-02-2015, 01:39 AM   #12
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I only see one picture in your post. I don't believe ETI uses any MDF in their construction.
There are a lot of holes in the drawer runners so they can be used many ways. It doesn't mean you have to fill them all with screws. Those you see go into the framing.
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Old 09-02-2015, 01:43 AM   #13
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Glen: You should be able to see the MDF in the first photo. When I removed the 3 screws on both left guides the left side of the carcase was floating free. It's not stapled or glued in any way I can see.

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I'll leave it to somebody more familiar with building material terms to comment. I'm guessing you are talking about the drawer itself at the bottom of the picture.
The guides appear to be resting on plywood and screwed to framing. I don't see any evidence that anything is coming apart prematurely.
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Old 09-02-2015, 02:12 AM   #15
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Mine haven't opened yet and I have all kinds of stuff in them seem well made to me.
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Old 09-02-2015, 02:22 AM   #16
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My new cabinet drawers shipped with slightly longer guides, so I removed the old guides and found the left side of the plywood carcase was secured only by the screws that attach the guides. Your trailer may well be different. I just took mine apart, so I know what I found.

The new drawers I received today are constructed of stapled and glued MDF with oak stiles and a veneer panel in the center. Many, many drawers are made with MDF, but it's not the ideal choice for use around water because it can absorb moisture, swell and disintegrate. If it gets wet. My suggestion for anyone concerned about that was to paint the raw MDF. Painted wood outlasts unpainted wood significantly. Not a really big deal but my first set got water damaged and discarded.

Some tips on building MDF drawers are here:

Can You Make Drawers Out of MDF? | eHow
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Old 09-02-2015, 02:36 AM   #17
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Got it now.
So, begs the question. How did the drawers get water damaged?
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I had an issue with 1 drawer where the glide was loose on the cabinet side as opposed to the drawer itself. Replaced the plywood scrap they had for holding the screws with glued on hardwood and longer screws. Okay so far. Had considered replacing the MDF drawer box with hardwood but they seem to be holding together well and are a good tight construction so I'm holding off till something happens to them.

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I choose fishing over working on the trailer.
Amazing how things like that get in the way of progress, eh?
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Old 09-02-2015, 10:43 AM   #20
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I really like our trailer, this is our second Escape, but the drawers could be better. If I remember correctly the sides were 3/8" MDF with an 1/8" bottom. The minimum thickness should be 1/2" sides and 1/4" bottom and not a butt joint with staples and glue to hold the box together. A butt joint can be used but it needs to be strengthened with dowels preferably.
When I replaced the drawers and changed to side mount slides I housed the 1/4" bottom in a groove on all edges.
Being a professional cabinetmaker for 25 years has taught me a thing or two!!!
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