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Forum topic by Toolz posted 05-31-2013 08:41 PM 2337 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Toolz

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05-31-2013 08:41 PM

A couple of the drawers of the chest I bought have metal slides in the base that are sticky. I thought about spraying some WD-40 in a plastic bowel and then either use cotton swabs or a flat screwdriver tip wrapped with a piece of rag to try to clean them out and lubricate them at the same time. Even with reading glasses I don’t see that well and am not sure how to release the slides to completely remove the drawers. Any other suggestions or tips will be most kindheartedly welcomed.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"


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a1Jim

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#1 posted 05-31-2013 08:55 PM

If you can soak or wipe them down with some naphtha or lacquer thinner. Many metal slides have a black tab or trigger you pull or push down to get them to come apart.

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Toolz

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#2 posted 05-31-2013 09:59 PM

Thanks Jim. I have some Naphtha and will try to release the tabs to remove the drawers. Much appreciated.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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richardwootton

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#3 posted 05-31-2013 10:02 PM

Some brake cleaner might work also. I know it dries really quickly, I just don’t know if it will discolor areas where it comes in contact with the wood.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#4 posted 06-01-2013 12:11 PM

Thanks Richard. It is a Gerstner wooden chest and I definitely don’t want whatever I use to come in contact with the wood.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#5 posted 06-01-2013 04:18 PM

If you can release the drawers, you can then remove the slides. You can then clean them without risking damage to the chest.

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#6 posted 06-02-2013 02:43 PM

Thanks Ron I will give that a try ;-)

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#7 posted 06-02-2013 03:06 PM

I’m restoring an old Craftsman tool cart currently. I removed the slides and soaked them in Simple Green before scrubbing them down with a bristle brush.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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waho6o9

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#8 posted 06-02-2013 03:11 PM

http://forum.gerstnerusa.com/forum.php

Maybe the Gerstner forum can shorten the learning curve
for you.

HTH

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Toolz

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#9 posted 06-03-2013 03:34 PM

WOW, Thanks waho6o9 I have it bookmarked now!

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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