Q: I have an antique four-drawer wooden dresser. Whenever I open or close the drawers, especially in humid weather, they tend to really stick. Is there anything I can do to make them slide more easily?
— Janis Worley, Hudson
A: John Wilkie of Revere Refinishing in Norton said the sticking can be caused by a number of factors, including wood wearing or swelling.
He suggested trying first to rub candle wax or a similar lubricant on the bottom and sides of the drawers and the drawer glides. Some people suggest paraffin, bar soap or a product such as Slip It sliding compound from Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, which is designed to reduce friction where wood meets wood. Rockler also sells an anti-friction tape called Nylo-Tape that can be applied where the drawers stick.
If that doesn’t work, the drawers might need to be reglued or otherwise repaired, Wilkie said. He also advised against overloading the drawers to prevent them from racking, or losing their shape.
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