Accomplish Easy Kitchen Drawer Repair

Here's how to fabricate a new runner for a sagging kitchen drawer.

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Materials and Tools:

carpenter's square
small light
carpenter's pencil
circular saw
straight edge
folding ruler
dust mask
safety glasses
scrap wood
construction adhesive


1. In this case, the upper runner that kept the drawer from sagging and rubbing against the top of the counter was missing. The fix involved cutting a piece similar to the lower runner and mounting above the drawer.

2. Use nippers to remove the nail at the back of the cabinet where the old runner broke away.

3. Measure for the runner inside the cabinet using a folding rule with an extendable tip. Measure the width of one of the existing runners and cut a replacement from a piece of scrap wood.

4. Mark the scrap wood with your measurements and clamp it to a workbench along with a metal piece to serve as a straightedge. Put on safety glasses and a dust mask and make the lengthwise rip cut using a circular saw. Cut the piece to length.

5. Spread some high-performance adhesive on each end of the runner and fit it into place inside the cabinet.

6. Slide the drawer back in the cabinet and test your handiwork.

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