For a tool cabinet I recently posted here at lumberjocks, 30 Drawer Tool Cabinet to go with Workbench, I made custom drawer pulls.
Having had several inquiries about them, I decided to blog my drawer pull process. I tried a few different prototypes trying out size, feel and aesthetics, and settled on the profile shown in the template.
During the prototyping I tried several thicknesses of stock. I would have preferred 7/8” over 3/4” but threatening weather forced me to go the easy route using the 3/4” stock I had easily accessible. What I had envisioned was 3/4” maple stock laminated between two layers of 1/16” padauk or walnut to get the 7/8”. I thought it would have looked nice. Anyway I traced the template onto my 3/4” maple stock.
Then, off to the band saw.
Keep the cut just outside the line.
And, voila’, a roughed out drawer pull, ready to be sanded.
So, it’s off to the suite of sanders, disk, belt, and spindle which will be followed by hand sanding to 220.
When the wood is hard and the band saw blade has seen better days, you get burns for free!
Cutting outside the line and sanding back to it rather nicely gets rid of the scorches.
The inside curves on the handle have burns and machining marks of their own that the spindle sander will make go away.
Leaving square edges on the drawer pulls would make opening the drawer painful after it’s been loaded up, not to mention how just bumping into those square edges would hurt, so I stick a 1/8” round over bit in the router and make a zero clearance work surface, then, proceed to knock off those sharp edges.
Then, there we have it, a handy dandy custom sized maple drawer pull ready to be finished then installed.
I finished them with two coats of shellac. To get as much of the drawer pull securely connected to the drawer as I could, when I installed them I chose screws long enough to get through the drawer box, the drawer face, and nearly pierce the drawer pull itself.
I hope this answers the questions I’ve received about the drawer pulls, and thanks for reading along.
Have a great day,