26 16 drawer roller cabinet – Wooden drawers, over time can develop niggling little faults which we invariably put up with, awkward and annoying as they can be when actually – the vast majority of these problems are rather easy to repair. Drawers where the foundation has broken and sticking drawers are probably the most frequent issues experienced. With just a little knowledge these can be rectified without needing to start phoning around for a joiner as the initial or our only alternative.
Overloading drawers can often be the root cause of sticking drawers. The first step is to completely empty the drawer and remove for review. Check for loose or protruding pins or nails either on the drawer or in and around the drawer framework. Where evident; hammer flush and refit drawer. It could be that straightforward.
Tip. Before getting the toolkit outside for sticking drawers; initial try rubbing on the runners and drawer grooves with candle wax. This may just do the job without any additional work.
Drawer runners could also be the culprit. Check how easily the draw slides along the wooden runners. Should they have worked loose it can be the reason behind sticking; again, usually because of overloading. In that case, then just apply fresh adhesive to the runner and then pin into position.
Worn runners are another frequent cause of drawer issues. The uppermost sides can become worn with use and time. Check the bottom of the runner is still great – it may be possible to just remove the runner and flip it over. In that case, then cautiously prise off it with a wood chisel- apply adhesive- and re-pin right into position.
New runners may be required if turning the old runners around does not fix the problem of sticking. Where this is the case cut a couple of pieces of wood to the same dimensions as the first runners, smooth with a moderate abrasive paper and drill together with the smallest wood drill bit in your toolbox to choose the small diameter of the fixing panel pins or nails. Apply a thin coat of wood adhesive to the back of the runner- press position- and combine with pins.
Drawer bases can also suffer the adverse effects of overloading. In time they will start to sag and eventually they can split entirely, requiring replacement. In this case, cut on a new foundation piece from plywood or by a hardwood of selection. Then remove the pins or nails securing the damaged foundation to the body of the drawer utilizing pincers and remove any glue blocks that may be attached using a mallet and wood chisel. Replace with new foundation by gluing and utilizing pins.
From a strength perspective, based on usage, this may not be the most suitable choice.