David: Question: One of my kitchen drawer fronts keeps coming loose. I plugged the screw holes with wood putty, but it didn't really help. Is there a way to fix it?
Barbara Friedman, Providence, R.I.
Norms Replies: Yes, and with applied drawer fronts like yours, the fix is fairly easy: They're simply screwed on from inside the drawer box. That's true even for drawers with metal sides and melamine ends. For either one, use the following erpair method.
Drill new pilot holes through the drawer box and about two-thirds of the way into the front. Locate them as close as possible to the sides of the box, and countersink the holes to bury the screwheads. To keep the front aligned while drilling the holes, tack it to the drawer box with a few spots of hot-melt glue.
Before you reattach the front, enlarge the new holes in the drawer box slightly. That frees the screws to cinch the front as tight as possible against the box. Use four deck screws to secure small drawer fronts and six on large drawer fronts.