Asked on May 24, 2015

Help! I have a beautiful old Welsh dresser, drawers are stuck shut!!

I have a great Welsh dresser, huge, old, oak.The drawers are stuck shut from years of standing in a drafty farmhouse. I am going to sell it, but will have to get the drawers open!
The drawer sides are thick....any ideas??
  9 answers
  • Bring it inside & let it dry out some is the first trick Beeswax on the slides when you do get it

  • Wendy Tellson Armistead Wendy Tellson Armistead on May 24, 2015
    Hello SLS Construction..Thanks for the has now been in my warm house for 18 months..still stuck..I have tried bumping and wiggling drawers from luck....any other ideas..short of an ax??

  • Set it down on it's back and try pushing firmly against the back of the drawers (with a few good hits thrown in might help - assuming there is no bottom panel) Once you get one you should be able to get the others - you may need to run a putty knife around the drawers first (see next step) Ok you have a bottom - 2 putty knives & maybe even a thin pry bar - carefully work all the way around the drawers seeing if you can get some wiggle room - once you have enough for the pry bar and putty knife use the pry bar as a backstop against the wood & start prying away

  • Ruth Hise-Thornhill Ruth Hise-Thornhill on May 25, 2015
    try oil, WD40 or just a pine oil, linseed oil....

  • Rachel Rachel on May 25, 2015
    take a butter knife and gently wiggle on side or top.try to move drawer ea time and pull on knobs ea time

  • 153091 153091 on May 25, 2015
    The drawers must have some sort of pulls to open them..if just wooden knobs, cut them off, push screw through towards inside, then stick a bit larger round but long screw driver in knob hole, this will give you the pull power you need to pull open.

  • Wendy Tellson Armistead Wendy Tellson Armistead on May 25, 2015
    THANK YOU ALL for the great tips..I will try them tomorrow....never would have thought of some of them!!!!

  • May Spearman May Spearman on Jun 11, 2015
    Once you get it open turn the drawers upside down and rub a bar of soap along the edges where they roll along the inside of the drawers. It will keep them from sticking.

  • Wendy Tellson Armistead Wendy Tellson Armistead on Jun 11, 2015
    Thank you all, and May mos, recently for your good all helped and problem solved! Wendy