Adding a sliding shelf to a cabinet designed with Polyboard

Adding a sliding shelf to a cabinet designed with Polyboard

This short video is to answer a question I received this week about adding a sliding shelf to a cabinet or piece of furniture.

Although Polyboard has no specific sliding shelf option it’s easy to change the parameters of a standard shelf so that it can be set up to slide.

There are two ways of doing this:

Either just using an ordinary shelf with link parameters so that it leaves the necessary play to insert a drawer slider, or use a drawer that only has a bottom.

This video shows how to do both and  also shows how to use virtual panels to make certain parts invisible.

Using the shelf method

Go into the Libraries menu, then Sub-Methods, then into the Divisions Sub-Method.

We’ll use the + button to create a new division and name it ‘Sliding Shelf’ for example.

When adding the shelf’s parameter, we need to give it a recess.

The recess means the distance between the end of the shelf and the part it’s linking to, which is going to be a side or an upright. In other words, this recess is the play between required for the drawer runner hardware.

The recess/play could be something like 16 mm but it will vary of course depending on the hardware you’re using.

Therefore this parameter needs to relate to all links to sides and uprights (shown in the ‘Linked to piece’ section).

You can add the fitting/hardware machining. In this case this would probably be the pilot holes for the drawer slider.

Using the drawer method

The key point is to only select the drawer bottom when defining the assembly details, and to use a nil material for the facade.

The lateral slack relates the the play required for the drawer hardware.

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or if you would like me to make a video to explain a particular point.

All the best,

Ness

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