Friday, March 20, 2015

How to Repair a Wood Dresser Drawer Guide

Fig.1 The tools
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools: 
3/4 X 3/4 hard Birch wood
1x2x4 Douglas Fir 
Chisel wood 1-inch
Cordless circular saw Makita
Cordless 9-volt batteries Makita 
Cordless screwdriver and Phillip Bit
Drill Electric
Electrical cords 
Glue acid brush
Electrical screwdriver
Spade bits 1/2 inch countersink
Spring clamps - large and medium
Pan head screws
Washers metal chrome
Wood bench (2)
Wood glue
Wood pencil #2
Wood planner - electric

James Tu called to repair an old wood dresser that was given to him when he became a United States citizen. He knew the dresser did not have any monetary value but he wanted it repaired. I advised him to go to a furniture repair company but he wanted to repair it today if possible. This is a temporary repair of a wooden dresser.

This post shows the fourteen steps on how to make a wood drawer guide for an antique dresser.

Step 1: Fig.1 shows the tools needed for this repair. All tools listed above. 
Step 2: Fig.2 and fig.3 shows the old drawer guide made of wood from an antique wood dresser. It appeared to be a T-shaped guide and the side are not square for the metal slide.
Fig.2 Damaged wood 
drawer guide
Fig.3 Slide worn

Step 3: Fig.4 shows the old drawer guide was worn off by the drawer metal slide. The metal slide slid over the wood T-guide to open and close the drawer. According to Mr. Tu the metal slide was installed a few years earlier by another handyman.
Fig.4 Drawer splintered
Step 4: Fig.5 shows the underneath the middle drawer was a metal slide and the entrance of the drawer is at the bottom of picture. Fig.6 shows the end of the drawer were the metal piece is supported by the back drawer piece.
Fig.5 Drawer slide
Fig.6 Drawer other end
Step 5: Fig.7 shows the steps of how the wood drawer slide was made. By placing two pieces together the wood slide was made.
Fig.7 Making the slide
Step 6: Fig.8 shows an electric wood planer that will be used to removed wood to make the wood drawer slide.
Fig.8 Wood planner
Step 7: Fig.9 shows a Makita radial saw cutting the 3/4 by 3/4 hardwood piece. This piece will fit inside the metal slide. Fig.10 and fig.11 shows the Makita radial Saw cutting each piece of the drawer slide to size. The wood drawer guide is made from two pieces of wood.
Fig.9 Sizing the rail
Fig.10 Cutting bottom rail
Fig.11 Cutting drawer top slide

Step 8: Fig.12 shows the assembled drawer guide without the notch assembly.
Fig.12 Drawer guide
Step 9: Fig.13 shows a notch (cut out) had to on the guide so the attachment could be placed inside the dresser. 
Fig.13 Guide notch
Step 10: Fig.14 shows the wood glue was placed on the wood guide with spring clamps were used to hold the pieces together.
Fig.14 Spring clamps
Step 11: Fig.15 through fig.20 shows the process of creating the hole for the pan head screw into the wood guide that will allow the drawer into the cabinet.
  1. Fig.15 shows the hole is drilled into the guide.
  2. Fig.16 shows the hole is countersunk to fit the edges of the pan head screw.
  3. Fig.17 shows a 1/2 inch spade bits countersink is started.
  4. Fig.18 shows the hole is not deep enough.
  5. Fig.19 show that the guide is clamped in place using spring clamps
  6. Fig.20 shows the guide is notched and the hole is ready to used.

Fig.15 Cordless drill 
create screw hole
Fig.16 After the hole 
countersink the screw
Fig.17 1/2 inch
Fig.18 Not deep enough
Fig.19 Spring clamps 
hold guide
Fig.20 Ready to use
Step 12: Once the guide was glues together a pan head screw was used to give the wood guide for strength. Fig.21 and fig.23 shows the transition of the pan head screw being attached to the wood guide.
Fig.21 Insert screw
Fig.22 Place screw
Fig.23 Remove 
and re-insert
Step 13: Fig.24 shows the testing the new drawer guide with the metal drawer slide. It fits but its too long like in fig.25. Fig.26 shows the finished wood guide being inserted into the metal glide.
Fig.24 Drawer slide and Wood guide

Fig.25 T-guide fits but its too long

Fig.26 Finished guide

Step 14: Fig.27 shows this is the new wood drawer guide inserted back into the dresser. Fig.28 shows the dresser now repaired.
Fig.27 Inserted 
into cabinet

Fig.28 Dresser repaired

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