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How to Repair a Wood Drawer Slide on a Vintage Dresser

There are a few different things that you need to do in order to repair a wood drawer slide on a vintage dresser. Vintage dressers will typically have one type of drawer slide, one that mounts on the side or one that mounts in the center. A side mounted drawer isn’t really mounted, the wooden guides on the side just go inside the dresser. The center mount drawer slides are more modern and go on the underside of each drawer.

Key Takeaways:

  • The challenge with repairing worn-out vintage dresser drawer slides is to do so while maintaining the character of the piece.
  • If your vintage dresser happens to have center-mount drawer slides, consider yourself lucky! They last longer and are much easier to repair.
  • Vintage drawer slides can use a side- guide system. However, the continual pressure can create sticking, swelling and eventually wear out the part.

“Vintage dressers usually have one of two kinds of drawer slides: side-mount or center-mount.”

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