Making drawer pulls on the tables saw
I picked up some old drawers from the curb. The drawer pulls on these were far too ornate for me. So I decided to make some plain wooden ones. I made these using mostly the table saw, using some mahogany I found with the drawers.
I cut a few scraps of wood on the bandsaw to work out the design.
I rounded the corners, using this technique...
...and then cut each rail nto three handles. The ends are bevelled cuts. Initially I cut with the side facing the drawers flat on the sled, but this made the front side look tapered, sort of a keystone shape (because the front is also slanted). This looked odd. So I cut them with the front of the handle flat on the sled instead. This makes the back edge look tapered, but that's less noticeable.
Six handles all ready. The front face of these is the original finish that was on the boards that I started with. This was deliberate. I figured I'd more closely match the finish of the drawers that way.
I would have used the original holes from the drawer pulls, but that style of pull had the holes quite far down. I wanted the new pulls to cover the mark from the old ones, so I needed holes further up.
I made a simple drill guide out of a scrap of hardwood. Two washers screwed on to overhang the edge help to position this piece of wood. I also drilled a hole in the board to make room for the protrusion from the lock.
Making drawer pulls
Making drawer handles (2009)
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