By justin. Drawer. Published at Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 - 07:18:11 AM.
The Problem With Wooden Drawers Wooden drawers, over time can develop niggling little faults which we invariably put up with, inconvenient and annoying as they can be - when actually - the majority of these problems are relatively easy to fix. Drawers where the base has split and sticking drawers are probably the most common problems experienced. With just a little knowledge these can be rectified without having to start phoning around for a joiner as the first or our only option. Overloading drawers can often be the root cause of sticking drawers. The first step is to completely empty the drawer and remove for inspection. Check for loose or protruding pins or nails either on the drawer or in and around the drawer frame. Where evident; hammer back flush and refit drawer. It could be that simple. Tip. Before getting the toolkit out for sticking drawers; first try rubbing the runners and drawer grooves with candle wax. This might just do the job without any further effort. Drawer runners could also be the culprit. Check how smoothly the draw slides along the wooden runners. If they have worked loose it can be the cause of sticking; again, usually due to overloading. If so, then just apply fresh adhesive to the runner and pin back into place. Worn runners are another common cause of drawer problems. The uppermost sides can become worn with use and time. Check that the underside of the runner is still good - it might be possible to just remove the runner and turn it over. If so, then carefully prise it off with a wood chisel- apply adhesive- and re-pin into position. New runners may be required if turning the old runners round does not solve the problem of sticking. Where this is the case cut a couple of pieces of wood to the same dimensions as the original runners, smooth with a medium abrasive paper and drill with the smallest wood drill bit in your toolbox to take the small diameter of the fixing panel pins or nails. Apply a thin coat of wood adhesive to the back of the new runner- press into position- and affix with pins. Drawer bases can also suffer the adverse effects of overloading. In time they will begin to sag and eventually they can split completely, requiring replacement. In this case, cut a new base piece from either plywood or from a hardwood of choice. Next, remove the nails or pins securing the damaged base to the body of the drawer using pincers, and remove any glue blocks that may be attached using a mallet and wood chisel. Replace with new base by gluing and using pins. Drawer bases that are split may be sometimes repaired, that is to say; simply remove both halves from the drawer body and glue them back together. From a strength point of view, depending on usage, this may not be the best option.
Fix Your Broken Kitchen Drawer - The Real Story My first project of my Fix-It-Up series is to fix the drawers in my kitchen. One runner had completely disappeared with no one admitting the deed, and the other rails were not staying in their tracks. This caused us over the months to push, pull and tug until one whole drawer front tore loose from the drawer itself. My hubby fixed that problem but the root of the problem remained-drawers that wouldnt slide. I purposefully picked a rather easy project for my first in the series for two reasons: one, to attempt to succeed in my first project (the vanity of it all), and two, because I had just finished putting away all my Christmas stuff the week before and I was tired! My trip to Home Depot for a replacement drawer runner was successful only because of a very helpful gentleman who couldnt help overhearing me and Geri talking to a nice, although clueless, Home Depot employee. This kindly bystander just happened to be a cabinet builder, lucky for us, and filled our heads with all kinds of advice and tips about drawer problems. Ill share those with you as we go. Here are the steps I took with explanations so you can master this task yourself. * First things first; empty the drawers. Heres a picture of my totally disorganized mess. One drawer with Tupperware and such, the other with small kitchen appliances and tools. * Take your good drawer: Or an example of what you need to the hardware store with you. This is invaluable. Dont fool yourself thinking youll be able to pick out what you need from the overwhelming mass of merchandise. Believe me, it will all look the same after you get there. * Clean the area first: After you pull out the drawers, clean the empty cabinet of old dust and filth. It will make working on your project easier. * Mount the hardware to the cabinet: This was pretty easy by following the directions that came with the railings and also following the example of the intact drawer. * Drill pilot holes: Its always better to drill small pilot holes before sinking your screw, especially into particle board. Particle board will split and crumble (it happened with this project to me even with a pilot hole. Nothing that a bit of wood glue couldnt fix.) * Adjust the back bracket: The brackets that attach to the back of the cabinet were intact, but over the years had moved so that the drawer fell out of the rail when you pushed it in. Each back bracket has two holes for screws, one that slides and one that anchors the bracket. - Unscrew and remove the anchor screw but leave the screw in the slide; loosen slightly. - Slide both brackets as far towards the middle of the cabinet as possible. In other words, all the way to one end of the slide. - Carefully put the drawer back in its railings, and slowly push the drawer all the way in. - Remove drawer. - Now the back railings are exactly where they need to be to hold the drawer since the drawer itself moved the back brackets to the exact location. Tighten the slider screw, and add a screw in the anchor slot after drilling a pilot hole. Most of the time, the back brackets are parallel to eachother. * Fix any problems with the drawer: My drawer (and this was the good one!) was beginning to separate (see photo). The bottom of my drawer was only held together with little staples, so I added some wood glue and hammered the staples back in place. I totally bent one staple trying to hammer it in, so I replaced it with a screw with a pilot hole drilled first. * Clean the drawers and surrounding woodwork: Heres your chance for a thorough cleaning. I like mild soap and water, followed by Liquid Gold. * Replace the shelf liner: Mine was faded, dirty and torn...it should be, it was 15 years old! But being the pack rat that I am, I still had the original roll with plenty left to replace it. Ahhh, fresh and new. * Organize: I proudly rid myself of at least 25-50% of the stuff. The rest, I placed neatly into storage containers and bins. While youre at it, tidy up the other drawers too. * Admire your work: Its OK to be proud of yourself.
Tips for Choosing the Right Office Drawers for Your Company The condition of the office space in which one occupies perfectly reflects his personality. And, having an orderly and clean office environs is always a factor in encouraging staffs to be more productive and to work efficiently. In this case, office drawers play a major part in keeping the place neat since it is where most of the things that clutter the desk are being placed. With their function, drawers could also be called as desk organizers which practically hold most office supplies like paper clips, puncher, etc. having such storage also make it easier to find and retrieve supplies when they are needed. When selecting drawers for your office, there are key points to consider in order to acquire the right one. Read the tips below and get the most suitable office drawers for your workplace. 1. Functionality vs. Looks Which aspect do you give more importance to - functionality or looks? The trait which you prioritize more will help you decide on the unit to buy. If for instance you are after office drawers that can serve as another decorative article in the office, then you have to choose while giving attention to these details: material, finish, color, and style. These are the same considerations if you are buying a drawer that will blend in with the office interiors. Then again, most people are acquiring drawer units for its function. You can opt for the plastic types but it is more likely that you will need sturdier units because you will be using them to keep various office materials. Going for steel drawers would be best. These types are also available in several designs and colors thus matching them with your office interior is not a problem. 2. Fixed drawers vs. Stackable The fixed drawers are very common in offices but because of the changing needs of the modern workplace the stackable types were created and they are becoming a favorite. One of the things that may have made office drawers popular is the fact that they are so ideal for keeping files. And, when one drawer is already full, all that needs to be done is to simply add another one on top to accommodate the other files. If the space in the office is limited, stackable drawers are perfect as they do not take up much space. Nonetheless, you can expand your storage without the need for more floor space. Still, you can opt for the fixed types if this is something that your office requires. 3. Mobile vs. Stationary Another thing to take into account is whether to get a set of drawers with wheels or without? Well, the ones with wheels offer the benefit of mobility. With the wheels, it would be so simple to move the office drawers from one place to another in case you decided to re-arrange your office, and it can be done fast and without hassles. In contrast, the stationary kinds can be a good choice too if you dont have to move your storage much. But one thing for sure, whatever kind of drawers you select for your office, it is recommended to get units that can be locked. This is especially true if you intend to store important or confidential items in it. You must take note of this because not all drawers come with locks. On the other hand, if the drawers are to be used by more than one person in the office, then obviously it is alright to get the ones without locks.
Filing Drawers - How To Choose The Right One? While choosing your filing cabinet, understand that paper is going to be around for many years to come and need space even in todays world where electronic communication has taken over. Filing drawers you choose has to match with your workload and also match with the aesthetics of your office. Points to remember when selecting your filing drawers • Safety: Safety should always be the first priority. Toppling and drawers falling out are a major concern at all times. Ask for what counterweights are provided to prevent it from toppling and also the internal locking features to ensure that the drawers dont fully pull out and fall from the cabinet. Another thing to be kept in mind is features which prevents multiple drawers opening as well • Filing and Retrieving Frequency: Choose Open Shelf Drawers if filing frequency is high and Retrieving Frequency is high. Vertical File Drawers are good if filing frequency is high but Retrieving Frequency is low Lateral File Drawers, if filing frequency is low and retrieving frequency is high. Simple boxes for storage would be fine if both are low in frequency. • Smooth Pull in and pull out: The drawer should be smooth to operate while you pull it in or pull it out. It should be easy to operate whether it is empty, half full or fully loaded. There should not be any difficulty in its operation. And this basic function of a drawer should be thoroughly inspected before purchase. • Material: Metal drawers should always be made from thicker material and should be efficient in preventing rust. Should be strong enough to support the weight of your files In case you prefer cabinets made from wood, it should be strong and sturdy as well. Termite treated wood is a mandatory requirement which you should always keep in mind. • Lock and Design Locking features should be good enough to prevent unwanted access to them. Design should always match up to the aesthetics you desire for your office space. It should feel that the filing drawers are a part of your working area and not stand out. So, you should be careful while choosing the lock and design of your new filing drawers so that they are user-friendly and also economical at the same time. Also, in order to get a perfect picture of the features that you want in your new filing drawers you may also want to do some basic research on the internet and go over a couple of review sites and then finalize the one that suits you the best. With years of experience, Fast Office Furniture in Melbourne helps you in choosing the perfect filing drawers for your office, with attractive options and varied solutions to choose from. Coupled with a warranty ranging from 5-10 years and delivery to all locations, First Office Furniture offers you value for your money and every investment in your office furniture worth the money spend.
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