Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Smooth Operator

Upon experience with our new kitchen island, we decided that we needed to retrofit the drawers with ball bearing drawer slides. The dresser had wooden rails, and one of them was broken. They were quite sticky. We got the new slides at Menards and they look like this: We had use L-brackets to fasten 3/4"x 1 1/2" boards from the back of the dresser to the front, making the tops of the boards flush to the front of the drawer opening. We had to use 3/8" screws so they wouldn't go through the back of the dresser. We couldn't avoid screwing through the bottom of the drawer though. Still trying to come up with a solution for that! Possibly some peg board organizers.
It was trial and error to try and fit the modern slides onto the antique dresser. It was a little of this:

And a little of this:
But in the end, we triumphed and the drawers work a TON better. Thanks to Mr. Wonderful, who figured most of this out, and let me use the power tools!

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