kraftmaid drawer dividers – Wooden drawers, over time may develop niggling little faults which we always put up with, inconvenient and bothersome as they may 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 common issues experienced. With just a little understanding these may be rectified without needing to begin phoning around for a joiner as the first or our only option.
Overloading drawers may often be the root reason for sticking drawers. The first step is to fully empty the drawer and eliminate inspection. Check for loose or protruding pins or nails either on the drawer or in and about the drawer frame. Where evident; hammer back flush and refit drawer. It could be that straightforward.
Tip. This may just do the job with no additional effort.
Drawer runners are also the culprit. Check how easily the draw slides across the wooden runners. If they have worked loose it may be the reason behind sticking; again, generally due to overloading. If so, then just apply new glue to the runner and then pin back into place.
The uppermost sides can get worn with use and time. Check the bottom of the runner remains good – it may be possible to just remove the runner and turn it over. If so, then carefully prise it off using a wood chisel- apply glue- and re-pin into position.
New runners may be required if turning the previous runners round does not fix the problem of sticking. 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 adverse effects of overloading. In time they will start to sag and they can split entirely, requiring replacement. In this case, cut a fresh foundation piece from plywood or from a hardwood of selection. Next, remove the nails or pins securing the damaged foundation to the entire body of this drawer using pincers, and remove any glue blocks which may be attached with a mallet and wood chisel. Replace with fresh foundation by gluing and using pins.
From a strength perspective, depending on utilization, this may not be the best option.