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06-03-2010 10:25 PM

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I have a 35-year-old Craftsman 26X16 roller cabinet. The top drawer is stuck. Feels like it’s being held by a locking mechanism which that particular cabinet does not have. I have run a long metal straight edge across the top of the drawer. None of the drawer’s contents is sticking up to cause a jamb. I’ve fiddled with the drawer from the inside rear – an awkward position for a geezer like me – to no avail. The tools I most often use are in that top drawer. Although I’ve recently purchased a new cabinet, I really don’t want to break the drawer to get it open.

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#1 posted 06-03-2010 10:41 PM

It is possible that there is something caught in the track / slide. What style slides does this cabinet have? Sears used several different styles over the years… If you have the room to reach around to it, and it sounds like you might, check the slides / tracks / rollers for, and remove any foreign objects.

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#2 posted 06-03-2010 10:53 PM

Will the drawer below the stuck drawer open ? if so you could take the other drawers out in order to check the top drawer problem out.

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#3 posted 06-04-2010 04:35 AM

I agree with Jim, if you can take the other drawers out you might be able to see whats going on.

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#4 posted 06-04-2010 06:07 AM

Bill, While I don’t know the specifics of that exact cabinet, I’ve helped people fix similar issues by emptying out the cabinet and setting it on it’s side. I guess the long metal straight edge is wedged in the track, or perhaps just a nut or screw. Tap the sides of the cabinet with a rubber mallet to assist clearing the track. I’ve even had to turn one tool cabinet upside down.

Good luck :)

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