Drawer Pull jig

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Project by Todd Swartwood posted 01-10-2015 05:39 PM 3336 views 11 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this jig to aid in the installation of the drawer pulls. I have always wanted something adjustable, but
have always built a 1 use throw away jig in the past.
At this time this jig only has the ability of adjusting the pull holes horizontally. I think I will add to the jig to
adjust vertically as well.
I started with a piece of 3/4” plywood, and made a cutout to make templates replaceable. I used a 5/16” bit for template to work with a Vix bit so it would not continually wear the holes bigger and less accurate. I then took a 1/2” X 2” strip of Mahogany 8” long. Using a box core bit I routed 2 slots 5/16” wide and slightly under 5/16” deep.
I then threaded 1 end of 2 pieces of 5/16” S/S rod about 18” long. I used 2 pieces of Teak 1/2” X 3/4” X 1 1/4”
that I drilled slightly smaller than 5/16”. I then drove the rods into the blocks of teak with my cordless drill.
Then I drilled the holes through the Mahogany and plywood base to get good alinement. I turned the plywood over and increased the hole size to 1/2” and drove a 5/16 nut into those holes. I then used 2- 5/16 capscrews
with snapped on knobs to make up the knobs to adjust horizontal placement and centering.

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#1 posted 01-10-2015 09:49 PM

Looks like a very useful jig. Great job!

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#2 posted 01-10-2015 10:14 PM

Geeze Todd. You’re so dang handy, they should name something after you! :-)

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#3 posted 01-10-2015 10:14 PM

Great idea, compliments.

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Todd Swartwood

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#4 posted 01-11-2015 12:01 AM

Thanks guys,
I have looked at this type of jig for many years and have always made due with 1 time use jigs.
It is nice to have a jig that is repeatable, that I can change the templates for different handle centers.
I think if I add rods to center both directions it will be even more useful.
Thanks for your encouragement, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#5 posted 01-11-2015 01:12 PM

It looks to be a real nice jig. Well designed and well assembled but a lot more jig than I need. Now if you do a lot of drawer handles, I understand. I only do drawer handles when something breaks.

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Todd Swartwood

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#6 posted 01-11-2015 05:54 PM

I understand dusty2,
I bought a 12,000 sf building a couple years ago. I have my shop and the first 3 bedroom apartment almost
complete. I am just putting the door and drawer fronts on in the kitchen.
Then on to building a complete Bakery for my wife, after that 2 single bedroom apartments and 1 more unit that we will live in 3 bedroom about 2000 sf.
So as you can see I intend to give it a work out. And occasionally have to fix a broken handle.

I greatly appreciate everyone’s comments, and hope you have a blessed day, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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