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How To Fix a Drawer

Whenever we have a piece of furniture with drawers, there’s a 99.9% chance that at least one of them will have loose joints.

The most common types of these joints are called dovetails, (see photo below) but most of the other types of joints you’ll run into can be repaired similarly to what I’m gonna show you here.

It’s a really easy fix if you have the proper materials.

Having a quality wood glue is a must. I like TiteBond III. I’ve used TiteBond for about 25 years and it’s given me the best results. (Psssst….If your wood glue has a cow on it…get rid of it)

TiteBond 3 dries more slowly, than 1 and 2, and this gives you more time to put the joints back together.

Firstly, take note of all the surfaces on the dovetails and corresponding holes that will touch each other when it’s put together. (There’s names for all of those parts, but since there’s no quiz at the end, don’t worry about it.)

Then paint glue onto all of those surfaces.

It’s important to paint both sides to ensure that the glue goes everywhere.

To paint it on, I use a simple acid brush from Harbor Freight.

Once you’ve done that, put them back together.

Then, using a couple bar clamps, (read about my clamps here) and squeeze them firmly together.

At this point, you can use a damp cloth or paper towel to remove any excess glue.

If you don’t have clamps, don’t worry, just set something with some weight on it to hold pressure on the joint until the glue sets.

You can use plate weights, cans of paint, canned food, anything heavy.

I like to leave the drawer clamped up/weighted down for 24 hours. After this, it will be ready for use.

While all of this sounds simple, I see failed attempts all of the time. Repairs are either made using an inferior glue, no glue (nails), or the glue is not applied to all of the dovetails, causing the repair to fail.

This is a repair that anyone can do, but if you have any questions, just let me know.

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