Repairing old dresser with worn slides

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Forum topic by Brett posted 571 days ago 934 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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571 days ago

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?

-- More tools, fewer machines.

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#1 posted 571 days ago

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!


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#2 posted 571 days ago

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 570 days ago

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.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 570 days ago

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

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