dresser with baskets instead of drawers – Wooden drawers, over time may develop niggling little faults which we invariably put up with, awkward and annoying as they may be – when really – the majority of these problems are relatively simple to repair. Drawers where the base has broken and sticking drawers are possibly the most common problems experienced. With just a little knowledge these may be rectified without needing to begin calling around for a joiner since the initial or our only alternative.
Overloading drawers may often be the root cause of sticking drawers. The very first step is to completely empty the drawer and remove for inspection. Check for loose or protruding pins or nails either on the jar or at and around the drawer frame. It could be that straightforward.
Tip. Before obtaining the toolkit out for sticking drawers; initial try rubbing the runners and drawer grooves with candle wax. This might just do the task with no further work.
Drawer runners could also be the culprit. Check how smoothly the lure slides across the wooden runners. If they’ve worked loose it may be the reason behind sticking; again, usually due to overloading. If so, then simply apply new adhesive to the runner and pin back into place.
Worn runners are another common cause of drawer problems. The uppermost sides can become worn with time and use. Check the underside of the runner remains great – it might be possible to simply remove the runner and flip it over. If so, then cautiously prise it off with a wood chisel- apply adhesive- and re-pin right into place.
New runners could be required if turning the old runners round doesn’t fix the issue of sticking. Apply a thin coating of wood adhesive to the rear of the new runner- press into place- and combine with pins.
Drawer bases may also suffer the adverse effects of overloading. In time they will begin to sag, and they can split completely, requiring replacement. In cases like this, cut a fresh base bit from plywood or from a hardwood of selection. Next, remove the nails or pins securing the damaged base to the entire body of the drawer using pincers and remove any glue blocks that might be attached using a mallet and wood chisel. Replace with fresh base by gluing and using pins.
Drawer bases that are broken may be sometimes repaired, that is to say; simply get rid of both halves in the drawer body and paste them back together. From a strength perspective, based on usage, this might not be the best option.
Originally posted 2017-03-21 07:10:51.