Cabinets, Furniture, Woodworks/drawer glides

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A chest of drawers has wood guides shaped like a dovetail. The center of each drawer bottom, front to back, has the gap, while the cabinet has a board shaped like a single dovetail attached from the front of the opening to the back of the cabinet. The edges of the "dovetails" have shredded off so the drawer is no longer held in place and the drawer tips out when opened. Any way to fix it?

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Hey Tony, sure..just remake the pieces. It may require the services of a skilled woodworker, if you don't have those skills...but it should be fairly straight forward to just remake the slides....and install them. Regards- Greg

The question didn't ask me much either...I sent a straight forward response to "edges of the "dovetails" have shredded off any way to fix it?" in hopes of starting a further dialog, if that is what the questioner desired...it is not common practice to spend 20 minutes explaining the multitude ways the the problem could be solved, various woods that could be used, ways to replace the slides with a completely different mechanism,possible tools and techniques that could or should be used, etc., etc....unless those questions are also asked in a follow up.......there's absolutely no way one could spend that much time on every initial question, in a volunteer situation......sorry you expected that, and sorry you felt my initial advice was worth 5's, without re-engaging the question at least once.......

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Questions on Woodworking, wood finishing and refinishing of all kinds, repairing furniture and wooden objects, Architectural details, Woodturning, carving, tool usage, product usage, some chemistry as it applies to woodworking and related interests,cabinet making and furniture construction/design, etc. I have experience with all manners of colorants, finishes, paints, stains, dyes, glazes, and coatings, wood species recognition and usage,tool recommendations, blade types and recommendation,techniques and methods for many Woodworking related issues, etc.

Experience

Fine furniture restorer and cabinet maker for over 30 years,serving high end Antique dealers, Interior designers, Collectors in the CT area. Consulting for area Painting/Decorating and Building contractors on non painting issues..(staining, wood prep.,clear finishing, floor restoration and architectural detail restoration and repair, etc.) Sold, built, serviced, setup Home, Industrial, and Commercial stationary woodworking tools for a major tool retailer in CT. for three years, sold hand and power tools , provided knowledge, parts replacement, service, and on site service, Trade show Demo, and training as well.

Publications
Published in Fine Woodworking Magazine (12/97), included on Fine Woodworkings first "Best of Fine Woodworking" CD-ROM (2002) ...("27 year compilation of expert know-how")

Education/Credentials
Art School at Silvermine Guild in Norwalk, CT., 9 year apprenticeship in a European run Cabinet and Restoration shop in CT., various classes on subjects having to do with the field. Seminars from major Tool manufacturers, Skil/Bosch, Delta, Powermatic, Ritter, Porter cable, Milwaukee, Dewalt/B&Decker, Performax.

Past/Present Clients
Many varied clients including work on Martha Stewarts' Westport, CT. show house, many fine Antique dealers and private collectors in and around Fairfield County and in Woodbury, CT. (the Antiques capital of CT.), Golden Age of Trucking Museum,Consulting for area Painting/Decorating and Building contractors on non painting issues..(staining, wood prep.,clear finishing, floor restoration and architectural detail restoration and repair, etc.), local Museums and Historical Societies. For the last two years I have been employed with Schwenke Auctioneers Inc.- Woodbury Auction LLC., as a staff photographer,IT tech,and doing restoration and repair work as well.

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