Kitchen drawer slide selection
How to choose...
We are building some new kitchen drawers into the opening that once held our dishwasher. The drawers will be about 24x24 inches and the biggest one will be about 8" deep. We're struggling with pretty much every aspect of how to build them - there are so many decisions to make about types of joints at each connection and type and thickness of material - but it seems the root decision has to be what kind of slides to use.
My husband is doing the building and isn't interested in fussing with cross-bars, which wouldn't really suit the kitchen anyway, so we have ruled out centre slides and are looking at different kinds of side slides, ranging from simple wood rails between the drawers to heavy-duty metal slides. We have figured that our drawer design and jointing options vary depending on what slides we use, and we seem to be going around in circles. If, for example, we put in 1 and a half inch wide (high) wooden side rails for the drawers to slide on, then our drawer fronts have to extend above and/or below the sides. This complicates any jointing of the front to the sides.
So I'd be interested in any helpful observations about slide selection for this size of drawer. I realize that metal slides will be more easily operational, but it is a very traditional furniturish-looking kitchen plus as old furniture buffs we think we might rather have slightly sticky drawers than look at the metal slides every time the drawer is open. Metal slides also lose us a little drawer capacity. But with this size, is there any hope that the drawers will work reasonably well on wood slides? It would be maple on maple, and the drawers may carry a bit of a load at times.
Finally, if we use wooden rails and thus have lower drawer sides, what is the best way to attach them to the fronts? ...other than using a false front which is an option I don't much like. My husband is handy, but our skill set stops short of dovetails.
Anyway, any thoughts are much appreciated.