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Does anyone have any bright ideas for how to open a drawer that has become jammed shut because it has been filled up too much? I've had a look at the underside and can get at the bottom of the drawers but unscrewing the rails etc. is not an option because I can't get at them. Currently my best plan is to try and remove or cut out the hard board base of the drawer which would then need to be replaced. Any better ideas much appreciated.

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can you get the drawer open even a quarter inch? –  allindal May 1 '11 at 0:16
    
I can get it in enough to get a bent wire coat hanger into the drawer. Unfortunately poking around with the hanger did nothing to help free the drawer. –  Ian Turner May 1 '11 at 7:47
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The question doesn't say if the drawer is in something freestanding or fixed to a wall, so FWIW: I've opened a jammed-full drawer in a nightstand by picking up the nightstand and shaking it so things settle further back in the drawer. –  Niall C. May 1 '11 at 13:39
    
It's in a fixed kitchen unit so picking it up or moving it is not an option –  Ian Turner May 1 '11 at 15:02

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Try to slide something flat in that is the width of the drawer. I've used a plastic flexible cutting board for this purpose before. Slide it open that 1/4 inch, and try to get the flat sheet to ride over whatever is jamming the drawer--you may have to nearly close the drawer with the sheet in place to get it up and over.

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Remove the drawer beneath or above the stuck draw. If you can get beneath it, push up against the drawer bottom and rattle that thing around. If you can remove the drawer above the problematic one, well, your problem should be before your eyes.

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If you can reach the underside of the drawer, I would remove the screws that hold the drawer to the rails. With a little bit of maneuvering you should be able to drop the drawer down a little and start to pull items out of the top.

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In the end I had to stitch drill a hole in the base of the drawer until I could get my hand through the hole to move the items in the drawer. Having taken the drawer out it is obvious it is very badly designed and there is no other way of dealing with it.

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I've just succeeded in opening an overfilled kitchen drawer! The drawer was almost completely closed and was so accurately fitted that a thin metal ruler wouldn't slide in. I tried a piece of card; also too thick. I then used a very thin filing cabinet 'hanger' after removing the metal pieces. This, to my amazement, slid in and was wide enough to go right across the contents of the drawer. I moved it from side to side and the drawer was able to be pulled out just a bit, and I could see what was blocking it: a metal potato masher. There was just enough room for me to get my hand inside the drawer and I removed, bit by bit, all the contents in front of the masher and eventually the offending object dropped down a bit and I was able to slide the drawer right out.

I have thinned out the contents of this drawer!

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All hail Anoia, goddess of things that stick in drawers! –  Fiasco Labs Jul 6 at 4:29

I just used the 1/4 inch space I had to fit my hand through to pull a few things out and then I was able to pull the drawer in a jiffy!

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