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Posted on How do I flatten a cupped drawer bottom?

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#1 posted 04-14-2012 03:30 AM

If it’s the drawer that is in the middle of the desk, it’s wider than the other drawer bottoms. It likely warped due to having too many heavy things in it. You could take it out and clamp it with some straight wood across the warp and put it in the oven at about 200 degree’s with a pan of water to raise the humidity for about 4 hours. It won’t be completely straight but if you reinstall it upside down and add some weight it should straighten out. I’m afraid that if you wet the board itself it might do all sorts of evil things that will render it useless. Or you could simply take it out and glue a couple 3/4×3/4 inch hardwood pieces to it and clamp it till dry then reinstall, this is assuming you have room for the 3/4 inch when you slide the drawer back in. The oven thing is your best bet. If it isn’t working kick the temp up a bit, but don’t go higher than about 260 degrees. be sure to let it cool with the clamps on.

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