My kids have a dresser and somehow they have managed to pull the sides partially off. (In all fairness, it could have simply been an age issue – the sides were originally stapled on and it is 20 years old). I've tried using a couple of screws to hold it together, but they aren't managing to hold it as tightly as I would like.

The design is pretty basic. There is an interior structure which allows drawers to move in, but the sides actually hold the channels for the drawers.

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    Some pictures might help, but it sounds like you just need to glue and clamp and then either staple or screw the sides back on. – John May 13 '15 at 17:51
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    Alternatively, go yard-saling - old dressers (even well-built ones) often go begging - a few bucks and the time to clean it throughly might be better than trying to repair staple-built stuff at the end of its life. – Ecnerwal May 13 '15 at 18:06
  • @John If no one has any better ideas, I'll give that a go. I can't image glue would be the answer, but why not? – cwallenpoole May 13 '15 at 18:32
  • Glue is what held it together when it left the factory... – keshlam May 13 '15 at 22:10
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    A few photos would definitely be helpful. – Tester101 May 14 '15 at 3:06

Glue it & screw it. Staples were never a good idea & they eventually fail. You would remove the panels in order to hammer out all of the staples & to apply a bead of glue (wood glue). Then, pop a panel back on & screw (screw length should be twice the panel's thickness) wherever there was a staple. Repeat for the other panel. The screws are your clamps & the piece is actually better than new. Of course, wipe clean any glue that squeezes out.

  • This is basically what I ended up doing, but I had forgotten to come back after and update this post. Kudos to you because it worked. – cwallenpoole Mar 17 '16 at 17:01
  • Beautiful!!! I'm glad to find out you kept it & didn't just trash it. Great Job! – Iggy Mar 17 '16 at 17:09

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