green plastic storage drawers – Wooden drawers, over time may develop niggling little defects that we invariably put up with, awkward and annoying as they may be when actually – the majority of those problems are relatively simple to repair. Drawers at which the foundation has split and sticking drawers are probably the most common problems experienced. With only a little understanding these may be rectified without having to begin phoning around for a joiner as the first or our sole option.
Overloading drawers may often be the root reason for sticking drawers. The first step is to fully empty the drawer and remove for review. Check for protruding or loose pins or nails either on the jar or at and about the drawer frame. Where obvious; hammer back flush and refit drawer. It could be that simple.
Tip. Before obtaining the toolkit outside for sticking drawers; first try rubbing the runners and drawer grooves with candle wax. This might just do the task without any further effort.
Drawer runners could also be the culprit. Check how smoothly the lure slides across the wooden runners. Should they’ve worked loose it may be the reason behind sticking; again, generally because of overloading. If so, then just apply fresh glue to the runner and then pin back into position.
The uppermost sides can become worn with use and time. Check the underside of the runner remains good – it might be possible to just eliminate the runner and turn it over. If so, then cautiously prise off it using a wood chisel- apply glue- and re-pin into position.
New runners could be required if turning the old runners round does not solve the problem of sticking. Where this is the case cut a few bits of timber to the same dimensions as the original runners, smooth with a medium abrasive paper and drill with the smallest wood drill bit on your arsenal to take the small diameter of the fixing panel pins or nails. Apply a thin coat of wood glue to the rear of the runner- press position- and affix with pins.
Drawer bases may also suffer the negative effects of overloading. In time they will begin to sag, and eventually they can split completely, requiring replacement. In this case, cut on a new foundation piece from plywood or from a hardwood of choice. Then remove the nails or pins securing the damaged foundation to the body of the drawer using pincers, and eliminate any glue blocks that might be attached using a mallet and wood chisel. Replace with new foundation by gluing and using pins.
Drawer bases that are split may be occasionally mended, that is to say; simply remove both halves in the drawer body and then glue them back together. From a strength point of view, depending on utilization, this might not be the best option.
Originally posted 2017-10-01 11:30:27.