“What!” I hear the reader groan. “Has he taken leave of his senses?”
As far as I can discover, the pressed steel and ball bearing fittings that we know as ‘drawer slides’ or ‘glides’ first appeared in the early 1960s. Their metal construction was unique, but the principal has been around since at least the 1760s.
George Hepplewhite illustrated an all-wood full extension guide for the fitted top drawer of a dressing chest in his Cabinet Maker and Upholsterers Guide (published in 1788) allowing complete access to all compartments within the drawer. He doesn’t lay any claim to the invention of the guides, nor even makes any mention of them, thereby corroborating their common usage by this date.