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Drawer slide lube?



 
 
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Old July 7th 08, 04:39 AM posted to alt.home.repair
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The drawer slides on an old dresser are wood, somewhat like tongue and
groove except on a much larger scale. A couple of the drawers started
getting hard to slide open, so I applied some Dial bath soap to the
grooves. That helped a little, but still not as free as I would like.
That got me to thinking that perhaps modern soap is not as good for
that purpose as grandpa's old soap. Modern soap is slick when wet,
but doesn't seem to be much use when dry.
Is there a better lube for wood-on-wood, one that will not absorb into
the wood or stain it?

KC
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Old July 7th 08, 04:41 AM posted to alt.home.repair
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"KC" wrote in message
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The drawer slides on an old dresser are wood, somewhat like tongue and
groove except on a much larger scale. A couple of the drawers started
getting hard to slide open, so I applied some Dial bath soap to the
grooves. That helped a little, but still not as free as I would like.
That got me to thinking that perhaps modern soap is not as good for
that purpose as grandpa's old soap. Modern soap is slick when wet,
but doesn't seem to be much use when dry.
Is there a better lube for wood-on-wood, one that will not absorb into
the wood or stain it?

KC


Paste Wax


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Old July 7th 08, 06:49 AM posted to alt.home.repair
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On 7/6/2008 8:39 PM KC spake thus:

The drawer slides on an old dresser are wood, somewhat like tongue and
groove except on a much larger scale. A couple of the drawers started
getting hard to slide open, so I applied some Dial bath soap to the
grooves. That helped a little, but still not as free as I would like.
That got me to thinking that perhaps modern soap is not as good for
that purpose as grandpa's old soap. Modern soap is slick when wet,
but doesn't seem to be much use when dry.
Is there a better lube for wood-on-wood, one that will not absorb into
the wood or stain it?


Ordinary candle wax. Just rub a candle along the parts that slide.


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Old July 7th 08, 11:54 AM posted to alt.home.repair
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On Sun, 6 Jul 2008 20:39:40 -0700 (PDT), KC
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The drawer slides on an old dresser are wood, somewhat like tongue and
groove except on a much larger scale. A couple of the drawers started
getting hard to slide open, so I applied some Dial bath soap to the
grooves. That helped a little, but still not as free as I would like.
That got me to thinking that perhaps modern soap is not as good for
that purpose as grandpa's old soap. Modern soap is slick when wet,
but doesn't seem to be much use when dry.
Is there a better lube for wood-on-wood, one that will not absorb into
the wood or stain it?

KC



Paraffin or candle wax. If you can determine the area where it is
tight, sand it.
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Old July 7th 08, 03:36 PM posted to alt.home.repair
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Default Drawer slide lube?

On Sun, 6 Jul 2008 20:39:40 -0700 (PDT), KC wrote:

Is there a better lube for wood-on-wood, one that will not absorb into
the wood or stain it?


Don't use soap as a lubricant, it's so 18th century.

Use a 21st century product such as clear silicone grease:
http://www.drillspot.com/products/42...lide_Lubricant

If that link doesn't work for you:
http://tinyurl.com/5g9oeu
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Old July 7th 08, 07:43 PM posted to alt.home.repair
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On Jul 6, 11:39*pm, KC wrote:
The drawer slides on an old dresser are wood, somewhat like tongue and
groove except on a much larger scale. A couple of the drawers started
getting hard to slide open, so I applied some Dial bath soap to the
grooves. *That helped a little, but still not as free as I would like.
That got me to thinking that perhaps modern soap is not as good for
that purpose as grandpa's old soap. *Modern soap is slick when wet,
but doesn't seem to be much use when dry.
Is there a better lube for wood-on-wood, one that will not absorb into
the wood or stain it?

KC


My vote is candle wax
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Old July 7th 08, 11:36 PM posted to alt.home.repair
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Edwin Pawlowski wrote:
"KC" wrote in message
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The drawer slides on an old dresser are wood, somewhat like tongue and
groove except on a much larger scale. A couple of the drawers started
getting hard to slide open, so I applied some Dial bath soap to the
grooves. That helped a little, but still not as free as I would like.
That got me to thinking that perhaps modern soap is not as good for
that purpose as grandpa's old soap. Modern soap is slick when wet,
but doesn't seem to be much use when dry.
Is there a better lube for wood-on-wood, one that will not absorb into
the wood or stain it?

KC


Paste Wax


Candle stub works best. White (natural shade) tapers or utility candles
usually have a blunt base about the right size, and the candle-buyer in
your house will never know where they have been.
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