Friday, December 16, 2011

Super Toddler vs. drawer. Toddler wins.

This is how we like our kitchen drawers to look:

And this is how our drawer looked after a bout with our super-strong toddler:

Several of the drawer fronts are loose because they're mostly particle board, with wood facades. Years of tugging and slamming have taken their toll, but this is the first one ripped clear off. Peekaboo! 

Previously, I just used some short screws to close the splits, but this time some of the face snapped off. So I started with some wood glue, clamping it overnight.

The glue won't hold up to kids by itself, so I reinforced the four corners with wood screws (pre-drilling pilot holes to prevent splitting).

I drilled more pilot holes for some nails to re-fasten the front to the drawer, to make sure that the nails would go where I wanted them to.

Finally, I drove three nails through the drawer sides and into the drawer front, while my helpful assistant pushed down to keep the drawer pieces in place.

It's probably better to catch splitting drawers early, but it's not a huge deal to fix broken ones, and definitely cheaper than ordering a new one.



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