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QUESTION: Hello - I have owned a 9-drawer bedroom dresser by Thomasville for several years.  Most of the drawers will not close completely. The socket is plastic and has torn apart while trying to take drawers in and out to see if a particular drawer needs to fit in a particular space. the space in which they don't close is slim - I can see only the tongue and groove portion of the drawer. Thank you for your help.

ANSWER: Anyway you can post a picture?...I'm not sure exactly what you're describing plastic "socket", do you mean that there's a center runner under the drawer? back-
Regards- Greg

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QUESTION: Attached a two pictures for review.  Thank you!

Hard to know whats keeping them from closing all the way, but it could be the damaged runner...are there side runners on this chest as well? (runners attached to the inside sides of the carcase to carry the drawer edges..)..if so then you could remove the center runner altogether least on one drawer and see if it then closes all the way....I am not a fan of these center runners and 9.5 times out of ten they wear out or fail...Post back- Greg

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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.


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.

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")

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.

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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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