Cabinet Repairs Tips

by Bobby Joe

Cabinet repair tips, though cabinets come in many shapes and are constructed with a variety of joints, they do have some basic characteristics in common. Bureaus, vanities, armories, desks and china cabinets all are boxlike structures (below) that are fitted with doors, drawers or both.

Since cabinets are not built to support weight, the stresses on them are different from those on chairs or beds. It usually is the moving parts that year out or break. When drawers stick or doors do not latch, look for simple remedies first. A loose nail may be catching on a drawer guide; simply drive it back in. Door problems can often be traced to a loose hinge. Tighten the hinge screws.

If the screw holes are enlarged, try a slightly larger wood screw, or plug the holes and redrill for the screws. Some more serious problems, such as worn-out drawer guides, can be remedied without disassembling the frame. Most older cabinets have wood guides; frequently the bottoms of the drawer sides serve as runners. Even if these pieces have been kept waxed, the rubbing wood surfaces can wear down or become rutted. Professionals restore the drawer sides by replacing worn edges with new wood. A rutted drawer guide can be taken out and replaced, but an alternative is to attach drawer-glide buttons. More cabinet repair tips

These are vinyl-coated or metal disks—like large thumbtacks—with points on the bottom that are driven into wood.Positioned a top guides, the buttons lift the drawer up just enough to let it slide smoothly in the cabinet. A drawer that is coming apart at the joints calls for some judgement in its repair. If all the joints are loose, knock the drawer apart with a mallet (opposite) and reglue.

But if only one joint has worked free, it is easier to force glue into the joint and clamp it together, leaving the rest of the drawer intact. Open up sound joints only if you must; the force needed to separate a joint can invite further damage to the drawer. If the problem of an ill-fitting or warped door cannot be traced to loose hinge screws, the solution may lie in repositioning the hinges—"throwing the hinges."

With this technique, you may be able to bring the protruding corners of a warped door back into line with the frame. With a similar technique, you can tilt a sagging door so it does not bump the cabinet frame. Trim a door edge only as a last resort, when problems of fit arise from a distortion of the cabinet's frame. If a cabinet caster is broken or bent, it should be replaced immediately; a cabinet that is not relatively level is subject to stresses it was not built to with-stand, and will be much more susceptible to joint failure.

Replacements are available in many sizes and designs. You may need to increase the size of caster mountings, but select new casters of a style that complements the design of your cabinet. Thanks for reading this page on cabinet repair tips.

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