My Dresser drawers started to dismantle themselves recently, and I finally got around to pulling the pieces out of the dresser and looking to see if they were salvageable. 

They were very much so, SO I took them to a seperate room to see what I could do with them.

These are the steps I took to fix them and give them another good 10-20 service. 

Here are the pieces I had to work with.


Step 1: Materials and Supplies and Tools, Oh My

I had the 5 pieces of the drawer, shown in the last step.

I also needed some quality wood glue, which I happened to have on hand from a former project.

And one needs a clamp of some sort, since the wood glue works best when clamped during drying.

I happened to have a "strap" clamp.   It consists of a ratchet and a strap.  Once wrapped around the area to be clamped, one "ratchets it tight".  

These clamps are VERY handy, but are a bit of a pain for smaller jobs.  They are great for the monstrously large clamping needs, without going out and purchasing special corner clamps, etc.

Step 2: Make Sure Everything Fits...

To be sure, you want to make sure everything fits well together, before applying any glue to anything.   The thin piece of my dresser, used as the bottom, was very warped, but it would fit with a bit of coaxing, so I didn't replace it.  It wasn't weak or anything.


Step 3:

Once you have examined the pieces, fix anything that is cracked or split, first.

I had one corner that had the wooden guide split a bit at the outside end (towards the face or front of the drawer).  I could have done without the 2 inch portion but I wanted this to last a lot longer, so I glued it first.

I didn't have a clamp that would get inside and hold this however, so I improvised:  first, after adding the glue, I secured it with some masking tape, so it would stay put.  Then I took the smallest wire nail I had, and tapped it in. This worked as both a clamp and an extra bit of strengthening security.

Once dry,  I was able to proceed to the next step.

I DID try to find a way to glue only portions of this together and wait, but the more I tried, the more frustrated I became.  Portions would have to be "moved" if I let the glue dry, and so it all had to be completed in one final step.

Step 4: Final Steps

Finally, I am ready to "do the glue" on the major portion of the drawer.

First, if using a strap type clamp as I did, lay the strap down in a straight line.
I set the back down on a flat stool (a workbench is better),  on top of the strap, and placed a good portion of glue into the groove for the bottom section, and in the "groves" of the "modern" dovetails on the edges. Next, I fitted in the sides.  The tongue and groves helped the side stay in place, so I was able to slide the "bottom slab into place.  

The trickiest piece was going to be the front.  I had to "slide" it in from the side;  not a problem for the  one side, but for the other, since it is now butted up against the bottom, was a bit harder.   I had to carefully separate the one side about 3/4 of an inch (about 19 mm) away from the base, slide the front into place and bring the side back into place.....all the while, holding it all together (a partner would be VERY helpful here).  If the bottom had not been warped, this would have been fairly easy. 

With the bottom as it was, warped in two directions, I had some "pushing and tapping" to do to get it all to fit again.

Once it was all back in place, I wiped up the excess glue oozing out all over the hardwood floor (it might be a GOOD idea to lay paper or some cloth down before starting if you don't have a work bench with enough room on it).  A damp cloth is best for wiping up said drippings (droppings?). 

The bottle of glue says to wait at least 24 hours before full use....however, for this size a project, and the amount of glue needed, I had to wait a full 48 hours, just to be sure.

That's about it.   Once the glue was dry, I released the ratchet and put the drawers back into the dresser.  Hopefully not to have to fool with them for another 20+ years.
I worked for a while in a repair shop years ago, we did the same repair for clients often. And another shop was into furniture restoration, another group based at our Land Fill, (Trash Palace) received everything that could be recyled, furniture, electronics, books, toys, etc etc. Fullly working washing machines, fridges, PCs with blank HDDs etc, are sold off cheaply to all comers.<br /> <br /> Goodhart, consider yourself a pioneer in the USA. (I arranged for the Instructables URL to be displayed at Trash Palace, call it a intelligence sharing arrangement) Check out <a href="http://www.trashpalace.co.nz/" rel="nofollow">www.trashpalace.co.nz/</a> and be aware, in the background to the right of the title picture, the mural is on the side of the truck that collects items around the city, every home is entitled to two free collections per year. But neighbours get together and charge collections. In the pisture left foeground is the drop oif point for people bringing in stuff, in the middle is the entrance to the retail shop, behind the photographer is the road to the landfill.<br /> <br /> Eat your hearts out USA, we got Trash Palace, you don&acute;t, get a move on, before you use up all the planets resources.<br /> <br /> Locally, (NZ) we are way ahead in REUSEING items that in the US of A, get used by one owner then destroyed.<br /> <br /> On rebuilding drawers we used to &uml;rub in&uml; corner blocks, to make them take some 1 1/2 square wood, and split in half lengthwise on the diagonal. We did this on a saw table, but its can be done on a bandsaw with a sawing jig.<br /> <br /> Then we cut to length, so they would go into the corners of the drawers standing upright as reinforcement. <br /> <br /> Before doing so, they would be sanded, with the top end nicely rounded, we then put glue onto the two glueing faces, put the piece into the corner of the drawer and &uml;rubbed it in&uml; which is, slide the piece up and down once or twice until the glue grabs, then we left it for 24-hours.<br /> <br /> Recently at home I did a drawer for a neighbour, the dovetail pins had broken off, I chiselled away the stubs of the pins, and in this case, I used screws thru the glue blocks into the drawer sides, the glue blocks in this case doing what the dovetails did, holding the drawer square.<br /> <br /> We also made large stock boxes from 3/4 (19-mm) MDF, that involved screwing into edges, so we used rubbed in glue blocks which we estimated was a doubling in corner joint strength.<br /> <br /> As for 24-hours with glue, our shop went thru litres of it&nbsp; on production jobs (10 items of a childś cot say) there we just left the work clamped for 20-minutes, removed the clamps for reuse, and 40 minutes more, we could continue assembling that part.<br /> <br /> It is 24 hours until the project can go into SERVICE and withstand rough handling, which the builder or repairer is smart enough not to give to the job, BEFORE the client pays for, and takes the cot home. :-)<br /> <br /> Anyway Goodhart, 2 hours was enough DEPENDING on workshop temperature.<br /> <br /> Peter<br />
<em>Anyway Goodhart, 2 hours was enough DEPENDING on workshop temperature.<br /> <br /> </em><br /> Absolutely not.&nbsp;&nbsp; Some of it was still not completely dry 24 hours later.&nbsp; They bear nearly 30 lbs of weight (about 13&nbsp; 1/2 kilos for you all).&nbsp; The temp of the room was around 55 F (not quite 13 C ).
Sorry Goodhart, I meant humidity, not temperature.<br /> <br /> And what you say above, sounds like the glue was not drying as the humidity was too high.<br /> <br /> And where did you get the gold bricks from, to store in your drawers?<br />
Our winters here (what it is now) are beyond dry.&nbsp;&nbsp; It'd suck the water out of desert sand...so no, it wasn't humid in the least.&nbsp; But the temp was low enough to inhibit the drying process for sure. <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div>
Yes, I wondered about your climate, we rarely have trouble here, except for humidity.<br /> <br /> Goodhart, I dont want to worry you, but in winter we delayed glueing until around 10-am when the frost was gone.<br /> <br /> Too cold harms the glue strength.<br /> <br /> The air being too dry, also harms glue strength.<br /> <br /> In the UK, according to my woodwork magazine, cabinet makers turning out custom made items to order, have special rooms for glueing, some even lined with plastic sheeting. Currently the rooms are heated, some experts even stop gluing work if the temperature is too low.<br /> <br /> The issue is called &quot;frozen glue joint&quot; not frozen as in ice, but that the glue molecules never combined with the wood molecules.<br /> <br /> Would you like a PSM article on how glues glue? Some people think its due to glue being sticky, but its on the molecule level, some glues are on the atomic level.<br /> <br /> Think of it as archwelding, where the metal on 2 bits of steel, combine in the joint, with the help of filler rods<br />
&quot;Think of it as archwelding, where the metal on 2 bits of steel, combine in the joint, with the help of filler rods&quot;<br /> <br /> I don't think the wood was actually melted and combined by the glue.&nbsp; It comes about more from the glue soaking into the wood a bit and then drying/curing hard, like a two headed vise grip clutching both wood pieces...<br />
thats what the article says is a misconception<br /> <br /> Glue actually works on a molecule level, there are microscope pictures in the article.<br /> <br /> The link would be good for Indestructible resources<br />
actually, that is still what I said, the resins may be mixing, but without the clamping, none of that occurs, so it isn't &quot;just&quot; the glue, and the wood fibers are definitely NOT being dissolved.&nbsp;&nbsp; There are other forces involved. <br /> Now, with many glues that glue plastics, yes then there is a mild dissolving and mixing of the materials to the extent that it is much like a weld. <br /> <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div>
Sorry sorry, better dig out that article, it mentioned negitive and positive chages or ions doing the joining plus molecules<br />
Sounds like it might have been an article in Sci-fi and Fantasy magazine.&nbsp;&nbsp; :-)&nbsp;<br /> <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div>
&nbsp;NOW I am going to look for that link, to make you eat your words, either a print out, or your PC&nbsp;Display
Just as long as it was not a feature video from Sesame Street or something ;-)&nbsp; <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div>
<a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=x9kDAAAAMBAJ&amp;lpg=PA106&amp;dq=glue&amp;lr=&amp;as_pt=MAGAZINES&amp;pg=PA104#v=onepage&amp;q=glue&amp;f=true" rel="nofollow">books.google.com/books</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;that's&nbsp;for glue<br /> <br /> <a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=itUDAAAAMBAJ&amp;lpg=PA86&amp;dq=glue&amp;lr=&amp;as_pt=MAGAZINES&amp;pg=PA84#v=onepage&amp;q=glue&amp;f=false" rel="nofollow">books.google.com/books</a>&nbsp;that's&nbsp;the same thing but for&nbsp;paints<br /> <br /> I am bookmarking both<br /> <br /> Super fast&nbsp;DSL and Google Chrome are&nbsp;conspiring&nbsp;to&nbsp;overwhelm&nbsp;me. I am learning that when pages hand up, takes ages to download, its&nbsp;because&nbsp;the Google servers in Auz, which&nbsp;include&nbsp;Double Click are overloaded at certain times, unable to dish out the adds fast enough to&nbsp;everybody, and Stuff News is unable to dish out the static (fixed) items of a news page.<br /> <br /> I wish they would set the pages to show content,&nbsp;while&nbsp;waiting for the adds to arrive, if they did, I would have the contend and been long gone before the adds&nbsp;arrived&nbsp;and found the door was locked on them<br />
<em>actually, that is still what I said, the resins may be mixing</em><br /> <br /> <br /> Yeah, that doesn't really add much to what I meant by my statement above, that I&nbsp;mention twice.&nbsp; But, that's ok,&nbsp; I&nbsp;am used to being either too concise or too wordy, and in this case, I was being too concise. <br /> <br /> <br /> Ah, the Infamous Double-click.&nbsp;&nbsp; Before there were many (or maybe any) pop-up blockers, I&nbsp;had a little script to block Double-click....because back then, they were just an advertisement nuisance. &nbsp; It soon got so you couldn't access some sites though, if you blocked them. <br /> <br /> Your &quot;wish&quot; about ads though would defeat the purpose of ads....that is, to make sure you see them :-)&nbsp;<br /> <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div>
Google owns everything coming onto my PC, Google even had a commercial relationship with Instructables I am sure.<br /> <br /> Opera is turning out great, its even reporting when a site is causing trouble during download.<br /> <br /> Ironically its my ISP's home page that is only causing issues now.<br /> <br /> My wish is valid, if they can not serve the adds out fast enough when they get the chance, tough.<br /> <br /> Peter
Opera is turning out great, its even reporting when a site is causing trouble during download.<br /> <br /> <br /> Yeah, I&nbsp;have an app on FF that warns me before I download things if the site or the download is suspicious. I&nbsp;also use WOT for extra protection. <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div>
No, I meant if the server is having trouble serving out the web page I requested&nbsp;
My machine, although over 3 years old, doesn't have that problem often....but occasionally it simply does not load an ad.&nbsp; <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div>
Google dishes out my adds from Auz, I will be checking local forums shortly.<br /> <br /> We are currently having heavy fog early in the morning, during the night my DSL gets unreliable, the cable from my upstairs goes across to the pole out back, then down into the ground. Clear.net is going to get Telecom to check that pole, my cable to the pole was replaced about 2000, it was a single twisted pair its now a double pair enclosed in a outer, with a steel wire for straight. I replaced all my 1960s figure 8 inside wiring. 3 years ago a pain of kid with ADD (He knew his mother would protect him) climbed up on a shed, and pushed the pole back and forth. That cut the DSL off, needing a tech to go to the exchange and reset it.<br /> <br /> An adult on the shed could have reached the distribution box and slid off the plastic cover.<br /> <br /> I suspect the fog moisture gets in and shorts out the DSL signal but not the phone line.<br /> <br /> With Opera, I am having the unique experience of reading news content, while the adds are still coming down, I see them opening as I am reading.<br /> <br /> Goodhart, Stuff sells advertising slots to Google Adds, so a news item link I sent you, when you download into your browser, very likely displays adds from your area?<br /> <br /> I might do a archival PDF of a item, and include it with the next item, so you can compare the advertising
<em><strong>during the night my DSL gets unreliable</strong></em><br /> <br /> Here too, due to traffic combined with &quot;in house wiring&quot; that was done right after phones were invented....<br /> <br /> <strong><em><br /> I suspect the fog moisture gets in and shorts out the DSL signal but not the phone line.</em></strong><br /> <br /> That is very probable. <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><em>With Opera, I am having the unique experience of reading news content, while the adds are still coming down, I see them opening as I am reading.</em></strong><br /> <br /> <br /> Hopefully that is not one of it's many security holes......<br /> <br /> <br /> <em><strong>Goodhart, Stuff sells advertising slots to Google Adds, so a news item link I sent you, when you download into your browser, very likely displays adds from your area?</strong></em><br /> <br /> <br /> I so rarely look at ads, I couldn't really tell you right now...I would have to check next time and try to pay more attention....<br /> <br /> <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div>
With Opera, I am having the unique experience of reading news content, while the adds are still coming down, I see them opening as I am reading.<br /> <br /> I believe that is on purpose, to speed it up.&nbsp;
I do know that it depends on how the HTML and scripting is written.&nbsp; If the browser delays ads somehow, than the full page load will be delayed....fine if you are just reading, but if you need to copy/paste, insert a post, or whatever....you will STILL have to wait until fully loaded or such things will not be &quot;there&quot; in reality for you to copy/paste, etc. <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div>
it work great with news web sites, but you are right, as for Instructables the last element to download is the flash script FOR the reply box&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Opera prevents also Google from analyzing my postings here, for keywords, to target me with advertising elsewhere.<br /> <br /> (Or I don't notice it, Opera does not leave me stuck on a blank page while Google is reading my comments)
Hmm... looks good! 5* and faved :-)
Why thank you.&nbsp; :-)&nbsp; It took me most of the weekend to get it all together...still waiting for glue to dry...I&nbsp;had two drawers to do. <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div>
You're welcome.<br /> <br /> P.S. Nice avatar :-)
:-)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;I&nbsp;forget where I&nbsp;got that from.....some &quot;image search&quot;&nbsp; :-)&nbsp;
I didn't look at it before, but now I&nbsp;have I appreciate why you used it as your avatar! Good picture, I got most of those now except the expanding waste line and the glasses.<br />
The expanding waise line did not come until I&nbsp;quit smoking,&nbsp; so if you don't smoke now, please don't start....nasty habit.
Thank you very much for that, I know many people that have / do smoke/d and I have seen the side effects far too often. <br />

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