Fixing Drawers that Stick
Over the years, I have built a number of projects that have drawers. Sometimes the wooden glides work well, and other times they stick when you try to pull them open or push them shut. I have not mastered how to make a drawer that works well all the time.
I have attached photos of a nightstand that I created. This drawer sticks when opening and closing it. Actually, it seems to bind against the carcass. Can you give me advice on how to correct this problem? Is it an issue of the dimensions of the drawer, the placement of the handles, the size of the glides vs. the size of the grooves in the side of the drawer, or it there some other fundamental thing I am doing wrong?
From the looks of your photos, I think the problem is the fitting of the drawer first to the opening and then to the runners. For a drawer to run smoothly, it has to fit the carcase nicely with little side to side slop. And it has to fit onto, in your case, side runners with little slop.
You could fix this problem by replacing the runners here. They should fit smoothly into the grooves cut into the drawer sides. But there should also be very little side to side play of the drawer on those runners. Fit them tight, wax them up, and then if they're still too tight, scrape away the shiny spots. But start with a tight fit. Good luck.
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