Good drawers slide open and close easily and have a stop that keeps them from accidentally sliding all the way out. Usually you need to tilt them to get past the stop. In humid climates, wooden furniture can swell and stick, especially on older furniture where the rollers and slides are made of wood. Newer rollers and slides are often made of plastic. Some rollers or slides are made of metal. Rubbing the rollers with soap, oil or wax may help.
The look or style of furniture with drawers can be changed by painting or staining the front piece and by changing the hardware "pulls" or handles.
- Wikipedia's article on drawer (furniture)
The following links to articles and pdf documents from other sites may be helpful for repairing or constructing drawers.
- On Fine WoodWorking.com:
by Lonnie Bird
- WoodshopTips.com's Tip #67 Basic Drawer Construction
- Stanges on Everything you ever wanted to know about Drawer Construction
- Graham Woodworks on Drawer Construction
- TLC Home on How to Repair Drawers
- Antique Drawer Repair on Popular Woodworking Magazine (online)