shelves with basket drawers – Wooden drawers, over time may create niggling little defects that we always put up with, inconvenient and annoying as they may be when actually – the vast majority of these problems are relatively easy to fix. Drawers where the base has broken and sticking drawers are probably the most frequent problems experienced. With only a little understanding these may be rectified without needing to start phoning around for a joiner since the first or our sole option.
Overloading drawers may often be the main cause of sticking drawers. The very first step would be to fully empty the drawer and eliminate inspection. Check for protruding or loose nails or pins either on the drawer or in and about the drawer frame. It could be that simple.
Tip. This may just do the job without any further work.
Drawer runners are also the culprit. Check how easily the draw slides along the wooden runners. Should they’ve worked loose it may be the cause of sticking; again, usually due to overloading. If so, then just apply fresh adhesive to the runner and then pin back into position.
Worn runners are another frequent cause of drawer problems. The uppermost sides can become worn with use and time. Check the underside of the runner is still great – it may be possible to just eliminate the runner and flip it over. If so, then cautiously prise it off using a wood chisel- apply adhesive- and re-pin right into place.
New runners could be required if turning the previous runners around doesn’t solve the problem of sticking. Apply a thin coating of wood adhesive to the rear of the new runner- press place- and affix with hooks.
Drawer bases may also suffer the adverse effects of overloading. In time they’ll start to sag, and eventually they can split completely, requiring replacement. In this case, cut a new base bit from either plywood or from a hardwood of choice. Then remove the nails or pins securing the damaged base to the entire body of the drawer utilizing pincers and eliminate any glue blocks which might be attached using a mallet and wood chisel. Replace with new base by gluing and utilizing hooks.
Drawer bases which are broken may be occasionally mended, that is to say; just get rid of both halves from the drawer body and then glue them back together. From a strength perspective, based on utilization, this might not be the best option.