Building a MOVENTO drawer

Building a drawer with the correct dimensions for MOVENTO

 

This picture shows a MOVENTO wooden drawerMOVENTO, the concealed runner system for wooden drawers, provides maximum ease of use and a wide variety of practical, intuitive adjustment options.

In order to guarantee high quality of motion and the durability of the runner system, it is important to take into account the following key information when manufacturing the drawer.

 

 

 

Assembly steps:

Calculate the drawer dimensions
SKW (internal drawer width) = LW (internal cabinet width) – 42 mm

This picture shows the drawer dimensions

Note: the drawer dimensions can be found in the catalogue, for example (catalogue page link, DE and EN)

 

Drawer length (= drawer side length): NL – 10 mm

This picture shows the drawer length

 

Please note that the drawer side must not be wider than 16 mm

This picture shows the maximum drawer side thickness

 

The recess must be at least 12 mm high in order to conceal the runner and must be maximum 15 mm deep.

This picture shows the maximum recess depth

 

Do not forget the hole for the fixing hook (pictured: drilling template for MOVENTO T65.1000.02)

This picture shows the drilling template for TANDEM

This picture shows the hole for the fixing hook

 

 

Screw on the locking device

This picture shows how to screw in the locking device

 

 

All the necessary planning information can also be found in the Blum catalogue:
https://publications.blum.com/2018/catalogue/de/438/

Or in the Product Configurator under runner systems:
www.blum.com/configurator

Installation instructions can also be found in the download area of our website: https://www.blum.com/at/de/produkte/fuehrungssysteme/movento/downloads-videos/

 

If you have any further questions regarding the planning and manufacturing of wooden drawers for Blum runner systems, simply get in touch with your personal Blum contact (www.blum.com/contact

Building a MOVENTO drawer

20 thoughts on “Building a MOVENTO drawer

  • February 17, 2020 at 22:31
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    I am building a coffee table with drawers inside of drawers essentially; The inner drawer which will be using the movento and tip-on motion will connect to the drawer front and, that same drawer front will have an outer drawer/case that slides on the outside of the non-moving table part (or think of it as a non-moving cabinet frame). The top of the table will be static and be supported by the non-moving frame. Due to this awkward design, the drawer face will hold the weight of the inner drawer (with attached movento slides underneath) and the outer slides putting approx 20-30lbs of wood toward the front of the sliding mechanism. I want to double check with you all to see if this is going to be a problem as the weight is forward shifting on the sliding mechanism?? — (hopefully the wood joints hold too). Are there any recommendations that you have to make sure there won’t be any issues? The table is a frameless design and I was not planning on using the runner system as I can screw the system into the static sides of the non-moving frame. Thank You!!

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    • February 18, 2020 at 13:51
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      Hi Ryan,
      uneven distribution of weight, especially towards the drawer front, is not optimal. The sag values will be higher than usual and the effects on the adjustments are difficult to predict.
      However, if you have a drawing of this furniture, perhaps you could send it to our US subsidiary (http://www.blum.com/contact) and they can have a better look into it so see if there could be any other unexpected troubles.

      Best regards
      Matthias

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  • June 23, 2020 at 11:22
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    I am building kitchen cabinets with internal fronts with visible box joints made with massive oak wooden boxes (15 mm thick for front, sides and back in oak and with 9 mm plywood bottom). The intended dimension of the cabinets is intended to be: width=700; LW= 670; SKW= 628; SKL=690; Cabinet depth=750 using Blum Movento tip-on NL=700 drawers expansions. 4 drawers per cabinet: 2 high boxes with front height= 275mm with sides and back 190mm, 2 lower boxes with front height = 143 with sides and back 120mm.
    These are quite massive boxes as you can conclude (however, the weight limit 60 kg will not be a problem) – considering the exposed fronts and sides – do you think play and movement of the slides will be a problem?
    What side and top gap would you recommend as minimum (would off course prefer not to have the mechanisms too visible..)?

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    • June 23, 2020 at 12:03
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      Hello Jakob,
      thank you for your message.
      I will forward your message to our customer service, they will support you.
      Kind regards
      Andrea

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  • July 20, 2020 at 21:26
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    I’m making drawers for a wardrobe — using Blum Movento sliders. The back end of the drawer keeps sliding from side-to-side when i open and close them. Seems to be a natural movement in the sliders. Is there any way to stop this movement — make the drawers slide straight in and out.

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    • July 21, 2020 at 6:22
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      Good morning Jonathan,
      thank you for your message. Our customer service will get in touch with you to find a solution.
      Best regards
      Andrea

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  • October 23, 2020 at 9:39
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    Great blog but can you confirm i’m on the right track. I’m inexperienced and just about to build a an alcove unit for clothes with 5 draws using the movento runners. I am going to make the draws using 12mm plywood for back front and sides, with an 18mm facia. The carcass will also be from 18mm boards. I have calculated on a 3mm tolerance either side of a draw – is this correct?

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    • October 23, 2020 at 9:58
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      Hi Andrew,
      from the information provided, it is not easy for me to give a resilient recommendation.
      Would you be so kind and get in touch with your local Blum representative found here?
      http://www.blum.com/contact

      Best regards
      Matthias

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  • November 28, 2020 at 16:48
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    Dear Sir Madam

    What if we want to build drawers with side thickness of 18-19mm (instead of 16mm)

    Can you please advise?

    Thank You

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    • November 30, 2020 at 7:44
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      Dear Kez,

      the drawer side thickness basically does not matter. However, the part of the drawer side which is protruding below the drawer base (and goes inbetween the drawer profile and the cabinet profile) must not exceed 16mm with MOVENTO.
      You would have to mill off the extra millimeters of the drawer side below the drawer base.
      There is a special TANDEM runner for max. 19mm but it is only available upon request. If you need assistance or have additional questions about this solution, feel free to get in touch with our technical supporters in the UK. The contact info is found here: http://www.blum.com/contact

      Best regards
      Matthias

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  • May 5, 2021 at 9:36
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    Hi am I correct that 766H movento draw runners can be used with 18mm sides ? also how dose this affect the SKW size ?
    Thanks
    Chris

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  • May 30, 2021 at 9:34
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    Hey,

    I have designed and manufactured my oak drawers for my kitchen ahead of the carcass material landing with me. I designed the drawers on the basis of buying in 18mm veneered plywood, however now that the plywood has landed with me – it, unfortunately, measures 19.3mm in thickness.

    With this, my drawers are made to a width of 922mm – given the above calculation (1000mm carcass, minus 36mm carcass material in total, minus 42mm). However, now that the carcass material is 19.3mm, the calculation is now rightly detailing the drawers in actual fact should have been made to a width of 919.4mm.

    Will the MOVENTO system allow for this larger drawer/narrower cavity on either side of the drawer? Or should I now correct this and make all of my carcasses a total of 2.6mm wider to allow for this?

    Any advice is very much so appreciated!

    Kind regards,
    Stephen

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    • May 31, 2021 at 7:18
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      Hi Stephen,

      the basis of the calculations for drawers is always the inner width of a cabinet.
      So if you have an outside width of 1000, minus the expected 18mm x2 of plywood minus 42 will result in an inner drawer width of 922 (I understand the outside width of your drawer is 922?).
      My first question would be: Are the drawers made from the same plywood, which also measures 19.3mm instead of the expected 18mm? Depending on which drawer width we are talking about, this would mean other alterations to the planning.

      Generally, a 19.3mm wide drawer side would have to be processed to fit between the MOVENTO runners and cabinet profile. The maximum there would be 16mm.

      I will forward your details to our UK technical specialists and they will get in touch with you directly. Most probably a direct call will clarify your concerns in a few minutes 😊

      Best regards
      Matthias

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      • May 31, 2021 at 21:59
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        Hi Matthias,

        Thank you very much for your swift reply. I have made my drawers using solid oak, planed down to 14mm thickness in order to take the MOVENTO drawer runnners. With this, I made my drawer units at 922mm wide ahead of time presuming my carcass material would be 18mm, as you have noted. However, the carcass material is actually 19.3mm, meaning my drawers should actually have been made to a width of 919.4mm.

        My question is – will the MOVENTO drawer runner still work with my drawers and carcasses, now that the drawers are 2.6mm wider than they should be, and therefore there is 1.3mm less space on either side of the drawers for the MOVENTO runner system to operate?

        Kind regards,
        Stephen

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        • June 1, 2021 at 7:03
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          Hi Stephen,

          if I understand you correctly, this would be possible. MOVENTO is built for a max. drawer side thickness of 16. So if you use 14mm for your drawer sides, there 2mm of reserve on each side. Please note, that the drilling for the back fixing hook of the runners, as well as the locking device can not be placed in standard position any more, and sliding the drawer on the runners will be a bit challenging as it is not guided any more.
          Furthermore, if you intend to combine this with a motion technology such as TIP-ON BLUMOTION, there will be too many tolerances combined to guarantee a reliable function.
          So if you ask me, I would not recommend this application, but I estimate that it might work, if you move the positions of fixing hook and locking device slightly (for 1.3mm on each side).

          One of my colleagues from the UK will get in touch with you as well and a 2nd opinion on this might not be the worst I think 😎

          Best regards
          Matthias

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  • August 12, 2021 at 3:19
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    Hi guys, the technical manual (on page 394) mentions ‘Chipboard Screws’ and ‘System Screws’ for securing the slides to the cabinet. Do we have to use system screws or can we use regular wood screws? I’ll be installing them onto 18mm Birch Plywood.

    Thank you!

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    • August 12, 2021 at 7:27
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      Hi James,
      that won’t be an issue. Wood screws have a variety of screw heads and it is highly important to use those with a countersunk screw head which will be flush with the cabinet profile after it has been screwed in.

      So as long as the countersunk screw head is given (and as long as it will be flush with the cabinet profile) it’ll be okay.

      Best regards
      Matthias

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      • August 13, 2021 at 1:29
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        Ok, fantastic. Thank you!

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        • August 16, 2021 at 7:07
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          I’m glad I could help â˜ș

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