How to install drawer stops

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How to install drawer stops
Drawer stops are a great safety feature. (ctd 2005/flickr.com)

This has happened, at one time or another, to most of us: In your hurry to grab a tool out of your junk drawer, you pulled the entire drawer out of the cabinet and scattered thousands of screws, pencils, and candy wrappers across the kitchen floor. If you had followed a few simple steps, you could have had quick and easy stops to prevent that sort of mishap from happening.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Two small squares of wood, 1/2-inch cubed
  • Small wood screw
  • Superglue or some other strong glue suitable for wood
  • Felt

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Instructions

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  1. 1

    Use the glue to affix one wooden cube to the top of the drawer rail, on either side, about 4 inches from the front of the cabinet.

  2. 2

    Measure the centre of the block installed in Step 1 from the top of the drawer's side wall.

  3. 3

    Screw the second wooden block onto the outside of the drawer's side wall, aligning the centre with the centre of the block already affixed to the rail. The second block should be 4 inches from the back of the drawer.

  4. 4

    Pull open the drawer to verify that the two blocks hit each other. If they do not impact correctly, remeasure and reinstall the second block.

  5. 5

    Glue a small piece of felt to the impact side of each wooden block. This will help reduce noise.

Tips and warnings

  • Most modern drawer rails have stops built into the hardware, so a separate stop should not be necessary. Cut the blocks to fit to make sure that, if necessary, you can lift the drawer over the rail-mounted block to remove the drawer from the cabinet.
  • This do-it-yourself stop will work for most applications; however, if there is a risk of violent use of the drawers (e.g., the drawers are aboard a sailing yacht, or many hyper children are in the house), then consider replacing the rails altogether with a version that has a built-in safety stop.

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