Repairing old dresser with worn slides

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Forum topic by Brett posted 02-07-2013 04:41 AM 1670 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-07-2013 04:41 AM

I have an old dresser with several drawers that slide on wooden runners.

The runners and/or drawers are worn, and a little sawdust falling into the drawers when they are used.

Is there an easy way to ease the friction and keep the parts from wearing further? Would beeswax be sufficient, or should I coat the rubbing parts with polyurethane or something similar?

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#1 posted 02-07-2013 06:04 AM

You might think about using some strips of scrap laminate (Formica, etc.) Works great.

If you don’t have any scrap laying around, you can order a piece of countertop edging from your local laminate dealer. Good luck!


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#2 posted 02-07-2013 03:37 PM

Wax is the best thing for wood drawers. If the bottom of the drawer is worn quite a bit, like Dave said, you can plane down the bottoms a little and install a rub strip. New wood, or UHMW polyethylene.

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#3 posted 02-08-2013 03:06 AM

Wax should solve these issues if the runners/slots aren’t too worn. Rocklers carries a super slick tape product for making these slide easier as well.

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#4 posted 02-08-2013 03:15 AM

^ ditto the wax. Works great, easy, re-apply as needed.

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