The drawers in my kitchen are made out of that laminate coated particle
board. The 4 sides of the carcasses are stapled together, with an oak
front attached with screws.
Last week, my wife pulled the front off of one of the drawers. The
staples simply split the edges from the front piece of particle board.
I plan on fixing this particular drawer by replacing the broken piece
with 1/2" birch plywood, but I'm wondering if I can preemptively stop
the other drawers from breaking in the same way. Would pre-drilling and
screwing add any reinforcement, or would this just add new places to
split. I could probably force thin glue into the existing seams, but
things don't like to stick to laminate. My wife thinks redoing all of
the drawers would be a nice option, but she apparently thinks this would
only be a 15-20 minute job, as currently, that's about all of the free
time I have.