How to fix my dresser?

Rick Schieck
by Rick Schieck

The sides of my dresser have bowed out and the drawers keep falling off the runners(guides). I have tried using wood glue and hammering them back in place. It worked for a while but now I have the same issue. I used to have a very heavy (70-100lbs) TV sitting on top which might have caused it. How would I go about pulling the sides together so that they stay that way and don't bow out again?

  4 answers
  • Elaine Elaine on Sep 07, 2018

    Sounds like it got wet, or the wood wasn’t dry enough when the company made it. Are the sides solid wood or plywood?

  • JIM HICKS JIM HICKS on Sep 07, 2018

    consider one or more pieces of threaded 'ready rod' to 'pull in' sides.

    rods can be attached to vertical wood strips on outsides with sunken

    'cap nuts' and lock washers. there might be enough room below each

    drawer to install so all are usable without obstruction.

    run a hex nut on end before hacksawing rod then nut cleans thread.

  • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on Sep 07, 2018

    I would put a clete inside the back wall of the dresser, glue in place and clamp the whole dresser together with long bar clamps until it dries.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Sep 11, 2018

    Sounds like you have a partial board substrate. Tv is too heavy. Can not fix.