Removing a cabinet drawer

Sounds silly but I have a Vandercook 3, mid 1950s vintage and want to remove the drawers to be refinished. I can’t figure out how to get them out, there must be a trick. I’ve searched this site and Briarpress for an answer but no luck. thanks much. 

Removing a cabinet drawer

5 thoughts on “Removing a cabinet drawer

  • February 5, 2020 at 5:53 pm
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    Well the problem (can see it in my fist phot) the drawer was put in without the two guide rails inside the receiving rails. The drawer then rode low and the lever jammed before being visible. After some muscle and lifting the drawer came out. I had it sandblasted and then powder coat finish. It’s still tricky to get the rails in right but without rust it works better.

  • December 1, 2019 at 2:53 pm
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    I’m headed to Iowa City soon and I noticed there’s a 3there at Public Space. I’ll see if they have a cabinet like mine. Their 3 is of similar vintage.

  • December 1, 2019 at 9:32 am
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    That would be handy but there is no lever. I’ll post pictures of the situation. Seems some mechanism is along the rail but it doesn’t move with raising the drawer. Long screwdriver can’t seem to move anything to release the drawer. Puzzling.

  • November 29, 2019 at 11:03 am
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    Just open the drawer all the way. You’ll see a latch on each side. Push arms down and side drawer all the way out. After reinsert, pull arms up.

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