How To Make And Repair A Drawer
Repairing or making your own drawers can be a life saver in given situations. Learn to make or repair a drawer.
Repairing or making your own drawers can be a lifesaver in given situations. Whether you are replacing tracks, fixing stuck or broken drawers or have a shattered drawer that needs to be replaced, these tips will help you take the necessary steps. Most drawers are nothing more than an open box that fits flush with the front of a cabinet. False front drawers are not actually drawers, but instead are used to fill in a gap in some cabinets.
When drawers stick or refuse to stay on their tracks, the usual cause is too much humidity, broken or loose runners or the drawer has warped. In cases where your drawers are sticking and you have wooden runners, during drier weather try sanding the runners lightly to start. Then apply a small amount of wax or soap to the runner to lubricate it. If your runners are metal, use a small amount of grease on the runner. Check to see if the drawer has any loose joints and repair them. When the drawer has a split in the bottom you should glue a strip of canvas along the underside of the split and bottom edges. When your drawer is a flush front and it tends to go too far into the cabinet, glue or tack small blocks of wood to the rear of the drawer runners to stop the drawer in the correct position. When your drawer tilts when you pull it out, you should add kicker to hold it. A kicker is a strip of wood that is nailed above each drawer side to keep the drawer from tipping.
When you want to make your own drawer, begin by planning it out on graph paper. To calculate the size of the front and bottom you will need to allow for the thickness of the drawer sides and subtract the depth of the grooves that the front and bottom will fit into. Be sure you also allow for wooden runners and metal slides when you make your calculations. The standard slide will take up about 1\2 inch of space. Begin by cutting all the pieces. If you are making a false front drawer you will need to butt the front between the sides and add a false front that is 3\8 inch larger on each side than the gap. If the drawer you are making is a flush front you will need to cut rabbets or notches into the front to fit it over the edges of the sides of the drawer.
Next you should cut the grooves and rabbets. Be sure to test them to make sure they will fit. Assemble and glue the drawer, clamping the pieces together until the glue has dried. To attach a false front drive your screws in from the rear. If you're making a complete drawer you will need to install the metal slides according to the directions that come with it. Wooden runners can be purchased or made and should be first glued and then nailed into place. To make your own wooden runners you can glue and nail strips of wood along the sides of the drawers. Then glue and nail strips to the inside of the cabinet so that the strips on the drawers will rest on top of the cabinet strips. Be sure to measure these strips to make sure everything is in perfect alignment before you attach them. If the drawer is flush, add kickers to the cabinet above each drawer.