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Forum topic by Brad posted 09-13-2008 09:37 PM 5716 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-13-2008 09:37 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jig question trick tip

I have some 32” wide drawers that vary in height and I need to install the pulls on them. Anyone have and jigs or tricks they can share to help me get these installed correctly? Nothing more annoying than having off center pulls.

- Brad

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#1 posted 09-13-2008 11:39 PM

Normally, for best visual affect, your drawer pulls should be just a little above center line, horizontally. If they are centered, you get the illusion that they’re a bit low on the drawer front.

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#2 posted 09-14-2008 06:59 AM

You only get one shot at drilling the holes (unless its’ painted) so what I do is always make a template that hangs over the top and one side of the drawer. It doesn’t have to be pretty.
Then I take a scrap piece of mdf and mill it to the same dimensions as the drawer front and use the jig to drill the holes. If everything looks ok, I use the jig on the final piece.
It takes a lot of extra effort but if you have ever messed up on your real pieces before, you will do this everytime.
If you need more than one template, I will mark each one so I won’t mess up and use the wrong template. I also mark which way is up.
Buy a lot of MDF. Its’ cheap and useful.

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#3 posted 09-14-2008 10:49 PM

Big (tall) drawers try about an inch above center. On short drawers try two inches down from the top.

Use a piece of cardboard to simulate the drawer front and you get multiple tries if you are in the design phase. Double stick tape it to the drawer and you have a decent mock up.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#4 posted 09-15-2008 02:19 AM

I finished to handles with a template exactly the width of the drawer fronts and the pilot holes in it…

I maked the centerline on the drawer edges and clamped the template on center on both sides and I was set… I’ll post some pictures soon of the completed project.

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