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Old 06-03-2012, 03:05 PM   #1
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dining table sticking..

Hello All...
Just got back from a camping weekend in VT...
Had a dickens of a time trying to slide our dinette table side to side to make room to sit in chair..
We have a 19 foot Solaris... 2003... so it is showing its age, but never had a problem... was wondering if we should add an oil or baby powder to the track.. would that help ? We looked underneath and it is in its track...
thoughts ? Has this happened to anyone else ? thanks for input!
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My 2002 table slide mount has been "sticky" since the first day I had it. I just figured it was the nature of the beast and never bothered to try to lubricate it with anything.
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Can't hurt to try. If you want a little less messy option, maybe a little vaseline would help lubricate it and not get all over the carpet.

No matter what you do, don't spread the track apart unless it's a last resort (and then just do very little). The table will fall out of the track much easier when you're on the road and you'd have to unscrew the track to get it back on the table hinges. Speaking from experience there...
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"speaking form experience there..." I had not even thought of pulling the track apart.. yikes !!
I was thinking vaseline.... I think wd40 is too stinky... baby oil ?? maybe just use a Qtip...and swab it along track.... hmmmmight just try that ! thank you !
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Perhaps a light coating of wax?

I just googled it and found this HERE:

"When building a fine piece of furniture such as a dresser or chest of drawers, the stock should be completely acclimated to the local climate before beginning the woodworking. In addition to other benefits, this will help keep the drawers from sticking due to expansion of the wood after the unit is completed.

In this case, we're not talking about the use of mechanical drawer slides, but when the drawer mechanism is nothing more than one piece of wood sliding on another. When the wood expands, the drawers can begin to bind, resulting in sticky drawers. This wood movement is a topic that we discuss fully in Allowing for Expansion and Shrinking.

The question is, if the unit is moved to a different, more humid climate and the wood begins to expand, what can be done to loosen the sticky drawers?

One of my favorite solutions is to use a candle, preferably one made from natural beeswax. Simply rub the candle's wax on the all of the locations of the drawers and carcase where the wood slides. You'll be amazed at how the drawers move much more freely.

Bonus tip: This idea also works well for doors in your house when they begin to stick or rub when opening and closing."
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EMD Driver... THANK YOU !!!! YES... wax !!!! should have thought about that !! Thanks..
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Wax would work well too, even though this isn't wood. Just remember that WD-40, aside from the smell, really isn't a lubricant and dries up rather fast. Yes, maybe it would be easier briefly where it cleaned the surface, but it won't last long.
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As the aluminum wears the gap between the two pieces of the hanger will enlarge. By holding the table at the end, away from the wall, the gap is forced so as to pinch the pieces. To help stop binding it will help to hold the table closer to the wall. Sitting on the bench and lifting the end of the table with the support leg and then put sliding pressure as close to the wall as possible should make the table move much easier. It will also help to push the table against the wall, which helps hold the tracks parallel, should make things slide better.
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