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In My Drawers

Sadly, this isn’t a post about knickers.  It’s about kitchen drawers.  Our kitchen cabinets are classic metal cabinets, installed in 1952.  Though they show a few of the ravages of time, we love them.  Call me crazy, but I much prefer them to modern wooden cabinets.

However, there are occasional issues.  For instance, the drawer fronts are held on by tabs that have been bent onto the sides, and melded in place.

Over time, the upper tabs on our most-used drawer separated, leaving a gap at the top of the front panel.  You can see it in the faint red circle above. (That printed stuff?  Ancient contact paper.  It will never come off, but fortunately it’s plastic, and scrubs clean.)

Using my trusty Dremel, I was able to drill a hole in each side of the drawer, and another one on the back side of the front.  A girl’s best friend is her Dremel!

The dark spot in the red circle is a hole on the  interior side of the drawer front; it’s the same shape as the tab that is supposed to be holding the drawer together.   It’s also the trick that allowed me to do a proper fix on the drawer.

Using long tweezers, I was able to insert a nut behind each of the holes I’d drilled on the drawer fronts.  I then placed an angle bracket in each corner, holding a hidden nut behind the bolt as I screwed it in place.

That’s all there was to it.

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  1. prachtstueckwerk
    March 8th, 2012 at 12:28 | #1

    Reading Sham´s comment above about the house being against you sewing, dear noile, reminded me very much of an older book by Anne Rivers-Siddons I´ve been reading recently. It´s called “The House Next Door”. Lovely stuff for a little standing up of neck hair. Maybe you´ve read it though I guess it´s a little trivial.

    • March 9th, 2012 at 08:25 | #2

      I have put this book on my list, though I definitely don’t want my own to develop sinister intent! It’s bad enough that Shams’ accusations seem apt!

  2. prachtstueckwerk
    March 8th, 2012 at 12:23 | #3

    Dearest noile, thank you so much for this posting… I´ve been wondering for ages whether the Dremel (I love this girly tool very, very much!) can be used for drilling, too, as I am really scared of big power drills and always have to ask and wait for male help. Of course my low budget accessory set does not contain a drill, but now knowing there is one available I´ll definetely go on the hunt for one. This will widen my technical ability horizont very much!

  3. March 6th, 2012 at 21:39 | #4

    You are so right about Dremels! I use mine for everything from polishing jewelry, smoothing rough edges on dogs nails, perfecting the finish on acrylic nails. So many things are made easier with a Dremel. No home should be without one.

    • March 7th, 2012 at 10:13 | #5

      Tools are wonderful, but Dremel is by far the best! Hmm, dog’s nails, Elle C? That’s one I hadn’t thought of, but it makes sense.

  4. Shams
    March 3rd, 2012 at 14:08 | #6

    The blog software edited out my parenthetical comment:

    kh-cha <whip cracking>

    I am in fear that this house doesn’t *want* you to sew. That it’s opposed to your sewing. Is that possible? I think you should do an empirical test – start a sewing project and see what breaks in the house. 😉

    • March 3rd, 2012 at 14:33 | #7

      Ha, ha, Shams! You are so funny! However, your theory may be correct. I’ve been working on the Minoru through all the most recently documented house repairs (and more). Today, though, I may finish — and I’m planning to ignore anything that breaks this weekend!

  5. Shams
    March 3rd, 2012 at 14:06 | #8

    Great repair! I have always wanted a Dremel tool!

    Now, kh-cha , on to some sewing! 😉

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