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Project by missingdigitworkshop posted 09-14-2014 02:18 AM 1920 views 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a jig I made to put a groove in drawer pulls. I needed 30 drawer pulls and decided to make them. I started out making simple dowel cut off pulls then decided they would work better with a notch in them to make the pulls easier to grip.

The jig is pretty straight forward. I glued scrap plywood together and drilled a hole down the center, the depth needs to be deep enough so you can cut the notch and have 1/8 or 1/4 between the notch and the end. Next I drilled a cross hole that would be used to cut the notch.

All you do is put the dowel in the first hole then drill the cross hole to create the groove.

-- Do not be discouraged by those who don't. Be inspired by those who do.

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#1 posted 09-14-2014 05:17 AM

MDW, what a good practical solution to a problem. The “notch” is indeed an improvement on the pulls. Do you have a problem with the dowel spinning as you drill? How do you prevent that?

I get the general idea of how this works, but what size are the dowels and what size and type of bit is used in this particular application? Can you use this jig to hold the dowels as you cut them on the saw? I should think that a second dowel inserted in the notch in the hole would make a great way to hold the dowel in place and move your fingers away from the saw blade when cutting small, round pieces.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 09-14-2014 01:55 PM

Boxguy: The dowel does not spin because I used a dowel that was longer than the pull. I simply held the dowel while I drilled the notch. After trial and error I used a forestner bit to drill the notch. The forestner did not grab and made a very smooth cut.

The pulls are 3/4×1 1/2 and the notch is 5/8 but you can make the jig to what ever dimensions your needs are. Since I had plenty of holding room I just cut the pulls on the tablesaw but I like you idea of cutting them in the jig.

-- Do not be discouraged by those who don't. Be inspired by those who do.

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#3 posted 09-15-2014 03:01 PM

Great Job. Simple and efficient!

-- Woodworking for hobby.. Woodworking for life!

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