cutlery trays for drawers – Wooden drawers, over time can create niggling little faults which we invariably put up with, inconvenient and annoying as they can be when actually – the vast majority of those problems are relatively simple to fix. Drawers where the base has split and sticking drawers are possibly the most frequent problems experienced. With just a little understanding these can be rectified without having to start calling around for a joiner as the initial or our only option.
Overloading drawers can often be the main reason for sticking drawers. The first step is to fully empty the drawer and remove for inspection. Check for protruding or loose pins or nails either on the drawer or at and around the drawer frame. Where evident; hammer back flush and refit drawer. It might be that simple.
Tip. This may just do the job with no additional effort.
Drawer runners are also the culprit. Check how smoothly the draw slides across the wooden runners. If they have worked loose it can be the cause of sticking; again, generally because of overloading. If so, then just apply new glue to the runner and then pin back into place.
Worn runners are another frequent reason for drawer problems. The uppermost sides can get 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. If so, then cautiously prise off it using a wood chisel- apply glue- and re-pin right into place.
New runners may be required if turning the previous runners round does not fix the issue of sticking. Apply a thin coating of wood glue to the rear of the new runner- press place- and affix with hooks.
Drawer bases can also suffer the adverse effects of overloading. In time they will start to sag, and they can split completely, requiring replacement. In cases like this, cut on a fresh base piece from either plywood or from a hardwood of choice. Next, remove the pins or nails securing the damaged base to the entire body of the drawer utilizing pincers, and remove any glue blocks which might be attached with a mallet and wood chisel. Replace with fresh base by gluing and utilizing hooks.
From a strength perspective, based on usage, this might not be the best option.
Originally posted 2017-03-22 08:15:00.