My wife has an antique (18th/19th century?) chest-on-chest that she grew up with, and recently her parents shipped it to us, from Wisconsin to Colorado. We didn’t actually try opening all the drawers for a couple of weeks, and when we did we discovered that the bottom drawer (of the bottom unit) is stuck. It feels like it’s just too tight, not that something is blocking it. With wiggling and pulling I can get it maybe an inch out (detail photo shows as far as I get it). Once it gets stuck I can move the face up and down, but not side-to-side, and it goes back in with as much difficulty as it comes out. It feels like the problem is coming from the back of the drawer.
The construction is solid wood, but I’m having trouble imagining how a drier climate would cause this particular problem. (Also, I’m not sure anybody has opened this drawer for years, so it may not be a new problem.). Or maybe in transit a small piece of wood broke off and is now wedged in there?
I tried taking out the drawer above it, but no luck: there are solid dividers between each drawer. And everything is snug enough that I can’t see anything by trying to peer in with a flashlight.
Any ideas of what to try, or what to look for?