My wife and I needed an extra dresser to keep up with the growing family (third baby is on the way in a few months!), and since we would rather buy things that last—but not buy new if we can save a bundle of money—we bought a used wood dresser on Craigslist:
First lesson: always inspect every last bit of furniture before loading it up and hauling it away! Most of the rails were in not-great condition, and the guides on the drawers weren't in great shape either:
We decided to make the best of the situation and make as good a repair as possible, resulting in much improved (like new!) rails:
The process was basically:
- Measure the old boards, get some Poplar boards that were as close to the old dimension as possible.
- Trim the width of the new boards with a circular saw (since I don't have a table saw).
- Route the channels in the middle of the sides with a router (thanks, Dad, for letting me use your router/table!).
- Screw the new rails in place, then cover them in what I'm calling 'wood snot'—it's Slideeze Lubricant meant for wood.