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How to Fix Sticking Wooden Drawers

Make stuck drawers open smoothly again with a little paraffin or special nylon tape that lubricates those rubbing, sticky surfaces. It's a 5-minute fix.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Fixes for sticky drawers

Drawers that don’t slide smoothly can be a real nuisance. But there’s no reason to put up with them since the fix is usually pretty simple. Here are two tips for getting your drawers sliding as smooth as butter.

Rub paraffin on the meeting parts of drawers to keep them working smoothly. You’ll find paraffin with the canning supplies in your local grocery store. In a pinch you can also use candles, bar soap or even dry spray lubricant.

For a more permanent fix, apply nylon drawer slide tape to the parts that come in contact with each other. You’ll find self-adhesive nylon tape (about $12.00 for a 1/2-in. x 10-ft. piece) at woodworking stores. One source is Rockler Woodworking and Hardware (rockler.com). The tape won’t stick to wax or dirt, so prep the surface first by lightly sanding it with 100-grit sandpaper and then vacuuming to remove the dust. Then simply cut the tape to length with a scissors, peel off the back and stick it onto the wooden drawer runner.

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Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

    • Paraffin or candle
    • Nylon drawer slide tape

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September 19, 3:31 AM [GMT -5]

Soap. I use soap on my very old windows. This is assuming of course that you can actually get them open. Once you do just rub them with a bar of soap. This usually lasts me through the summer. Some times I have to do it again but as the weather turns the wood swells sometimes so it's not usually bad all the time.

Hope this work. It's cheap and easy.

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