small plastic 3 drawer storage unit – Wooden drawers, over time can develop niggling little defects that we always put up with, inconvenient and bothersome as they can be when actually – the vast majority of these problems are relatively simple to repair. Drawers at which the foundation has broken and sticking drawers are possibly the most common problems experienced. With only a little understanding these can be rectified without having to begin calling around for a joiner as the first or our sole option.
Overloading drawers can often be the main reason for sticking drawers. The very first step would be to fully empty the drawer and eliminate inspection. Check for loose or protruding pins or nails either on the jar or in and around the drawer frame. It might be that straightforward.
Tip. Before getting the toolkit out for sticking drawers; first attempt rubbing on 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. Assess how smoothly the lure slides along the wooden runners. Should they have worked loose it can be the cause of sticking; again, usually because of overloading. If so, then simply apply new glue to the runner and pin back into place.
Worn runners are another common reason for drawer problems. The uppermost sides can become worn with use and time. Check the bottom of the runner is still good – it might be possible to simply eliminate the runner and turn it over. If so, then carefully prise off it with a wood chisel- apply glue- and re-pin into place.
New runners may be demanded 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 new runner- press place- and affix with pins.
Drawer bases can also suffer the negative effects of overloading. In time they will begin to sag and eventually they can split entirely, requiring replacement. In cases like this, cut on a fresh foundation piece from plywood or from a hardwood of selection. Then remove the pins or nails securing the damaged foundation to the entire body of this drawer using pincers, and eliminate any glue blocks that may be attached using a mallet and wood chisel. Replace with fresh foundation by gluing and using pins.
From a strength perspective, based on utilization, this may not be the best option.
Originally posted 2017-03-19 10:21:06.