Happy Tuesday to you!
If you paint furniture you’ve probably seen a fair share of misaligned and broken drawers. A common problem I come across (and the very easiest to fix) are broken plastic drawer guides.
Drawer guides are a cost efficient solution to keep drawers properly aligned by gliding on the wooden drawer track. They enable the drawer to slide straight in and out and keep the drawer from falling forward when it’s fully opened. After years of use, these plastic drawer guides get brittle, then break or crack.
A lot of drawer guides have a slot (rather than a hole) for the screw placement.
This is handy for easy adjustments.
But if the new guide is not properly placed in the EXACT position, the drawer will close incorrectly and sit higher or lower than all the others drawers.
A simple solution I use to position a drawer guide perfectly:
I trace the original guide outline with a pencil!
Then I line up the newer drawer guide with the pencil mark – and voilà – PERFECT positioning every time!
Outlining with pencil for the side saddles works too!
I also like to keep and reuse older drawer guides that are in good working order.
I find it really handy to have a bag of these older guides mixed with my new ones.
Do you have any tips for repairing drawers?
If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below! I love hearing from you!
Enjoy your day and have fun with your next project!
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