Gluing handles to painted drawer front?

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02-28-2016 06:15 PM

I have made some drawers for a shop tool stand and the fronts are 3/4” plywood. I’d like to spray a clear coat onto the drawer fronts. I made some wood handles out of of some 2×4 material because that’s all I have to work with and I’m considering gluing them on to the fronts rather than use screws.
The plywood is sanded 5 ply poplar but the poplar is a veneer layer I think.

Should I be concerned that the paint (Rust-oleum can spray paint) will be the weak spot or does enamel paint bond well enough to hold? What glue to use? I have 5 minute epoxy on hand and could use that.

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#1 posted 02-28-2016 06:50 PM

I would screw them regardless. Why not?

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#2 posted 02-28-2016 07:04 PM

Stick squares of masking tape a bit smaller than the glue surfaces of the handles, where the handles will go. After finishing, peel the tape, and there will be 2 bare wood spots for the glue to adhere. Make sure there is no finish on the glue surfaces of the handles.

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#3 posted 02-28-2016 07:06 PM

As J said I would screw them also.To answer your question you probably will have and adhesion problem. If your concerned about drilling the holes for the handles, a easy jig will make it easy .

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#4 posted 02-28-2016 08:23 PM

splatman: Thanks. The masking tape could work for me.

jbay and a1Jim: I’m confused about the proper screws so glue sounded easier. I ordered some 8/32 truss head screws but fine threads in soft wood didn’t seem right to me. So I also ordered 8/32 ez-loc threaded inserts to put in the handles but they are only 1/3” so it seems like that’s too shallow and the soft wood handle would break off sooner or later. Your thoughts?

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#5 posted 02-28-2016 08:30 PM

Uh. Wood screws.

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#6 posted 02-28-2016 09:11 PM

What you’re trying to do will, of course work, but you’re making way too much of it.

Screws—->Wood screws—->Pan heads—->1 1/4”—->Drilling template——-| Done.

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#7 posted 02-29-2016 01:19 AM

rwe2156: Thanks, that explains alot.

TheFridge: Uh. Nothing is obvious the first time you do it.

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#8 posted 03-03-2016 05:42 PM

I ended up using 2-1/2” kreg pocket screws because I just happen to have some. The drawer box is 1/2” and the drawer front is 3/4” so the drawer itself is 1-1/4” thick. These are large handles made of soft wood and will be in the garage so guaranteed that they will get knocked and I don’t want them to break off.
The screws come to about 3/8” or 1/2” from outer curve of the handle.

Thanks again for all the suggestions. This has been a fun project. It’s the first time I’ve made drawers or handles or a cabinet or attempted making them flush inset (which worked and looks great).

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#9 posted 03-03-2016 05:52 PM

I really like your cabinet. Looks great! Have the build plans for it?

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