How to Replace Drawer Stops: 3 ways (easy, easier and easiest)

Something that I run into a lot is missing drawer stops; those little metal thingys that are in the horizontal boards between each drawer that stop the drawer from sliding all the way in so they are flush with the front of the dresser (There also the ones that keep the drawer from pulling all the way out.  That's not what I'm talking about here though I think sometimes there's a piece that theoretically does both).  It doesn't look very nice when they're missing (of course I forgot to take a picture of before).  Anyway, here are three easy ways to replace the ones that have disappeared. Method One (you'll only want to use this one if you have everything on hand; otherwise I'd just use the second one; from start to finish it took me about 15 minutes to do 5 of them) You'll Need: Clamps, Wood, Hammer, Jigsaw, Nails and Glue

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1.  Find some narrow scrap boards.  Hardwood is best (if it's soft it will split when you nail it since it's such a tiny piece of wood).  The one I used was approximately .75" w by 1.25" h and about 18" long.  There's a bit of flexibility in the size here but it should remain small enough that it will fit on the dresser reasonably.  The length depends on how much you need but you'll need at least a foot so you can clamp it down.  I used scrap wood that once held a mirror to a dresser.

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2.  Get out the jigsaw.  Until last year, I never had used a jigsaw saw before.  It seemed scary but isn't at all.  Just be sure to wear goggles and clamp your wood down securely.

3.  Get sawing.  Saw a piece off that is approximately 1/4" long.  You'll wind up with a little tab.  Saw as many as you need.

4.  Find the spot where the original stop was and glue the tab down there so the front of the new tab lines up with the holes for the old one.

5.  Test it.  Gently place your drawer back in and gently push it closed.  If you push too hard obviously you will move the tab and your test will fail and you'll have to reset it.  The key word here is gentle.

6.  If it's where you want it, nail it down.  Use the side of the hammer if there's not much room in there.

7.  Enjoy.  Your dresser is now a class act and super functional.

Method Two: Order these.  I've never bought them but I'm certain they're easy to install.

Method Three: And even easier, you can just tap a nail into the dresser where the old stop was.  It likely won't last as long but it will do the trick.