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jerkylips

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10-07-2015 02:39 PM

so I’ve finally gotten the lumber for my rustic/barn wood tv stand & thought that these black pipe tee connections would make cool drawer pulls. The thing I can’t figure out is how to attach them. The only thing I’ve been able to come up with is to bore a hole in the drawer face, get a pipe nipple & cut the non-threaded portion to the thickness of the drawer, then epoxy into the hole -then thread the tee onto the nipple.

Any other/better suggestions?


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#1 posted 10-07-2015 02:46 PM

Use a “close nipple”. Thread onto the Tee, then bore the hole undersized so the threads of the close nipple threads into the wood, set with epoxy or super glue. No cutting required…....... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#2 posted 10-07-2015 02:47 PM

!!!!!

that’s what I was looking for initially but couldn’t find anything – I didn’t know what they were called.

Thanks man!

That actually solves two problems – I wanted to put a cap on each end of the tee to make it look a little more finished, I can use those for that part as well.

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isotope

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#3 posted 10-07-2015 02:59 PM

Just throwing out a suggestion. How about sliding a wooden dowel into the T, then using a screw from within the drawer to attach it. Could counterbore the drawer face to have the base of the T sit in the recess.

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#4 posted 10-07-2015 03:31 PM

How about a short length of pipe and an end cap on the inside. Drill a 1” diameter hole. Short pipes can be purchased in 1/2” increments so it should be easy to find the proper length.

They also make iron pipe flanges that would use 4 screws to attach to the drawer front with a close nipple holding the tee. This would prevent needing to drill a large hole.

Another option would be to use 2 elbows with a 6-8” section of pipe between them. This would make a grab handle.

-- Steve

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#5 posted 10-07-2015 03:54 PM

May be possible to use something like this (a reducer) if you can find one with long enough threads.

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#6 posted 10-07-2015 03:55 PM

Another possibility that does not require any epoxy would be to use a conduit nut (not sure the proper name) along with the nipple. You might want to recess it on the inside of the drawer and/or file the edges smooth on the inside, depending on the exact size/length.

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#7 posted 10-07-2015 04:39 PM



How about a short length of pipe and an end cap on the inside. Drill a 1” diameter hole. Short pipes can be purchased in 1/2” increments so it should be easy to find the proper length.

They also make iron pipe flanges that would use 4 screws to attach to the drawer front with a close nipple holding the tee. This would prevent needing to drill a large hole.

Another option would be to use 2 elbows with a 6-8” section of pipe between them. This would make a grab handle.

- Steve Peterson

I was planning to use flange for another portion of this, but hadn’t thought of that for the pulls. I’ll have to see if that looks too “bulky” but a good idea – that might work. Thanks!

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