Counter-boring in tight places is easy.

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Blog entry by DrTebi posted 11-08-2015 01:56 AM 860 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We have been remodeling our kitchen in the past few weeks, everything but the cabinets has been renewed/replaced.

The oak-faced cabinets, made by Kraft Maid in the 90s or so, look good from a distance, but when you look closer, the craftsmanship is really bad in many places. I already had to re-glue a door, ease sharp edges etc.

Another thing that bothered me was, that the wrong screws were used in many places. Pan-head screws stuck out and scratched adjacent surfaces etc. The drawer fronts were also screwed on with pan-head screws; they stick out and can possibly scratch your skin. But I also want to install new inserts for silverware, so I decided to replace these with proper counter-sunk screws.

Here is the messed up hole from the pan-head screw:

As you can see, I cannot use my drill press to drill a counter-sink for a flat-head screw here, and my portable drill does not fit either. But there is a little trick that I learned some moons ago somewhere in cyberspace.

You can use a countersink like this one, which is from a “No. 11” countersink set from Fuller:

... and mount it backwards onto a rod. The easiest way to find the right rod is to use one from a transfer punch set:

Just find the size that matches the counter sink the best, and mount the countersink on it backwards:

Now stick the rod through the hole, and mount your hand-held drill from the outside like this:

... and carefully start drilling backwards. Yes, it needs to be in reverse, since you will be drilling towards you, not away from you.

You should end up with a good countersunk hole:

And can now properly mount the drawer front with a flat-head screw:

Problem solved :)

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#1 posted 11-08-2015 12:29 PM

Nice idea…thx

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#2 posted 11-08-2015 05:38 PM

Very interesting!
This is one of those think out side the box ideas that work…

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#3 posted 11-08-2015 09:01 PM

Very interesting!
This is one of those think out side the box ideas that work…

- htl

Glad you like it. It perfectly fits your signature too, I guess!

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