How To Fix Stuck Wood Drawers And Make Them Slide More Easily

Do you have a stuck wood drawer that just won’t budge? Wood drawers can stick or become hard to open and close over time. This can be particularly frustrating when you need to open the drawer, especially while in a hurry. Fortunately, there are several easy ways to fix stuck wood drawers.

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1. Remove

Check if the drawer guides have either a clip or trigger mechanism. If you spot a clip, simply take it out. If the drawer supports a lever, press on it and pull the drawer out. If it’s stuck, try pushing the drawer in and out several times until the drawer slides open. You can also rub paraffin wax on the parts of drawers where the wood meets to help them slide smoothly.

2. Clean

The next step is to get rid of any debris that may be blocking the drawer’s movement. This could include dust, dirt, or even small items that have found their way into the crevices between the drawer and its frame. This can be done by using a vacuum cleaner with an attachment to reach into tight spaces or a cotton swab to remove smaller debris. You can also use a damp cloth to wipe away any dirt. It is important to be careful not to damage the finish of the drawer and its frame while cleaning.

2. Inspect and repair

Once your drawer is out, inspect the track and frame for any damage. Check for loose screws or parts and tighten them. If there’s a hole, fill it with a toothpick and carpenter’s glue. If the track is misaligned, try to bend it back using pliers or a screwdriver. If the tracks are completely damaged, you can easily replace them with new wood or metal slides using a screwdriver. When buying replacement slides, make sure to measure from the back of the drawer front to the back end.

3. Lubricate

Apply lubricant to the tracks, ensuring it gets into the crevices. Your drawer will slide open and shut smoothly if the tracks are lubricated. It also prevents squeaking and jerking when you open and close the drawer. Lubricating the tracks also helps to prevent the formation of rust, which can lead to corrosion.

Avoid water-displacement lubricants because they attract dirt and lead to rust. Instead, spray a silicone-based lubricant or graphite powder directly on the tracks. Wipe away any excess lubricant with a soft, dry cloth. Slide the drawer in to distribute the lubricant.

Removing a stuck wood drawer can seem like an impossible task, but with the right tools and techniques, you’ll be able to get it open in no time. There are many more repairs you can try to do at home, like fixing a broken door knob or fixing a creaky floorboard. Good luck!

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