chest of drawers 40cm deep – Wooden drawers, over time may create niggling little defects that we always put up with, awkward and bothersome as they may be – when really – the vast majority of these problems are rather simple to repair. Drawers where the foundation has split and sticking drawers are possibly the most common problems experienced. With just a little knowledge these may be rectified without having to start phoning around for a joiner as the initial or our only option.
Overloading drawers may often be the root cause of sticking drawers. The first step is to fully empty the drawer and remove for review. Check for protruding or loose nails or pins either on the drawer or in and around the drawer frame. It could be that straightforward.
Tip. This might just do the task with no additional work.
Drawer runners could also be the culprit. Check how smoothly the lure slides along the wooden runners. If they have worked loose it may be the cause of sticking; again, usually because of overloading. If so, then just apply fresh adhesive to the runner and pin into place.
Worn runners are another common cause of drawer problems. The uppermost sides can become worn with use and time. Check the bottom of the runner remains great – it might be possible to just eliminate the runner and flip it over. If so, then carefully prise it off with a wood chisel- apply adhesive- and re-pin into place.
New runners may be demanded if turning the old runners round does not fix the issue of sticking. This is the case cut a couple of bits of wood to the same dimensions as the first runners, smooth with a moderate abrasive paper and drill with the smallest wood drill bit on your arsenal to choose the small diameter of the fixing panel nails or pins. Apply a thin coat of wood adhesive to the rear of the runner- press into place- and affix with hooks.
Drawer bases may also suffer the adverse effects of overloading. In time they’ll start to sag, and they can split entirely, requiring replacement. In this case, cut on a new foundation bit from either plywood or by a hardwood of choice. Next, remove the nails or pins securing the damaged foundation to the entire body of the drawer using pincers, and eliminate any glue blocks which might be attached using a mallet and wood chisel. Replace with new foundation by gluing and using hooks.
From a strength perspective, based on usage, this might not be the best option.