I've got a large oak chest of drawers I got a pretty good deal on a long time ago. But one of the drawers is always getting stuck, it slips off the side of the runner shown below. It then needs lifting and moving to the side to remount. I've figured out that the reason for this is two-fold:
Firstly the drawer isn't quite as wide as the other drawers in the unit (larger gap at the side of the drawer and the frame. Maybe by 1-2mm.
Secondly the runner on this side isn't as wide as the other side, by maybe 3mm.
I can switch the drawers around but its still not quite right. I want to try and do something about it and it looks as though I have two options.
- I can fix another piece of wood onto the runner on the outside, to ensure the drawer doesn't fall off the runner but I'm concerned that the drawer won't move smoothly and that by doing that I could weaken the runner.
- The second option would be to remove the runner, put some wood in between the runner and its mounting on the frame to push the runner out towards the drawer.
Are there any pros or cons to those or any alternative ways to do this? I'm not an expert carpenter but I'm familiar with screwdrivers and saws.