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Bureau Drawers Stuck?

Two of the drawers of my father's roll top bureau are stuck. The drawers have hooks at the back. I have taken the bottom 2 drawers out and can see a piece of wood with a horizontal bit sticking out to the side. I have reached in with my arm and released the drawers, but they got stuck again. Any ideas about how to keep them from locking?

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December 8, 20190 found this helpful

You can coat the bottom of the edges of the drawers with soap.

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September 5, 20210 found this helpful

I use dry soap too and I use talc too. The advantage of talc is that you can make it fall on a part that you can not reach. Talc can also keep two floor slats from squeaking, just by pouring some between the two planks.

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December 9, 20190 found this helpful

If this seems to be an issue and the bit is sticking and locking each time the drawer is put it, then cut it off or sand it down. It sounds like this is some sort of safety latch on the back of the drawer to hold it in place and you may not need it anymore.

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December 9, 20190 found this helpful

There are a bunch of good videos on working with roll top desks and doing minor repairs on YouTube. Here is one:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNIl7_2-7ag

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If you know the brand of your desk, you may find something specific to your piece.

I suggest watching a few of these and hopefully that will help you figure out what you have going on.

I know from my own roll piece (mine has a draw door roll--not the roll top but it has the same issues as a roll top sometimes), that there are stops and things that can get turned that need turned back.

Also, if you have keys on the drawers, they can get jammed up if the key does not fully release the lock.

I would not put anything on the drawers until you are sure of the problem. Soaps and waxes can damage the wood very easily.

Since you can get other drawers out, that should make any minor tweaks easier to make.

Post back how it goes!

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