Building a Credenza #10: Custom Hardware

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Blog entry by Blake posted 07-07-2010 05:18 AM 8344 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The Doors

Last time I glued up the door fronts:


I spent some time fitting the doors with a plane:


And then I passed them through the drum sander to flatten them:


This little marking jig came with the hinge drill bit I bought:


Drilling the holes for the hinges:


Aligning the hinges:


The Skinny Door

I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not to cover the space where the DVD player shelf is. I finally decided it needed a cover of some kind. The original plan was a drawer but I abandoned that because it was too wide. This was the solution.


The flip-down door will stay closed until you need to use the DVD player, etc.


These were the only hinges that would work since the drawer is inset and needs to hang flush with the shelf:


Custom Hardware

I searched the internet and local hardware stores and couldn’t find hardware I liked. I wanted something modern and simple and sleek. So then I thought I would try to make it myself. We have a place called “Rowe Machinery” in town that sells used machinist equipment and industrial supplies.

I was going to buy a piece of aluminum stock and cut it into drawer pulls. But I started talking to the owner of the business and one thing led to another until we had an agreement that I would pay him to machine them for me. We both agreed that it would be best to keep the aluminum shavings out of my woodshop and off of my carbide blades and router bits.

So I made him some drawings and a few days later this is the result:


Showing three of the same pulls from three different angles… The aluminum was fed through the mill with a fast feed rate to intentionally leave mill marks on the surface. A radiused finger groove was milled into the bottom of the pulls and screw holes were tapped in to the back.


Custom hardware installed:




Total Building Time So Far: 78 hours

-- Happy woodworking!

12 comments so far

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#1 posted 07-07-2010 06:40 AM

Look’n real good Blake! I like your design with the long narrow door for the DVD player!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#2 posted 07-07-2010 08:14 AM

looking better and better ,I realy like the modern look with this hardware on it
combined with the asien look of the rest

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#3 posted 07-07-2010 08:38 AM

Coming along in leaps and bounds…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 07-07-2010 09:08 AM

Quite an impressive piece. Never really thought about making my own hardware for some reason and my Uncle own a machine shop, Thanks.

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#5 posted 07-07-2010 01:58 PM

Thanks for the blog. This is so much fun to watch come together.

The hardware is sweet. You nailed it with the aluminum. Modern and classy.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 07-07-2010 04:55 PM

Blake that hardware is just gorgeous! I really like your solution for the skinny drawer with the drop down front.

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#7 posted 07-07-2010 05:43 PM

Nice progress, Blake.

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#8 posted 07-07-2010 05:55 PM

Great progress! The hardware is very modern looking. I can’t wait to see the finished product!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#9 posted 07-07-2010 10:03 PM

I haven’t finished reading the blog, but I noticed you have a new drum sander. Do you still use the one you built? I see that this one is open ended and therefore probably has quite a bit more capacity, but I’m just curious. hopefully the homemade one didn’t fail you.

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#10 posted 07-07-2010 10:31 PM

Love the hardware and the top opening. the whole thing is looking great so far. Can’t wait to see it with a finish.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 07-08-2010 01:20 AM

I still use my home made sander for the smaller jobs.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#12 posted 07-08-2010 03:31 PM

good to hear it is still kicking. it looked like it was built like a tank.

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