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Forum topic by boston_guy posted 02-13-2014 06:25 PM 963 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-13-2014 06:25 PM

1) I was about to start staining my cabinet doors and drawer fronts but should I first drill the knob holes?

2) I do not want to use pulls. I want all the doors and drawers to have brushed nickel knobs which I have already bought from Amazon. I need to install 14 in total. In terms of a guide for drilling the knob screw holes, I’m planning on buying these templates which are available at Lowes:¤tURL=%3FNtt%3Dtemplate&facetInfo=

Home Depot has templates but they’re a bit more expensive and did not look as simple to use as the ones from Lowes.

3) Is there anything I should know before drilling the knob holes? For instance, when I was drilling the holes for the drawer fronts, I learned to place a piece of wood on the backside of the wood that I was drilling to prevent the wood from splintering.

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#1 posted 02-13-2014 06:39 PM

Utilizing a backer board is a good idea. Try to drill your holes perpendicular as possible. I generally use a square block along side of my drill bit to check for plumb drilling. Also, the best drills for me have been brad point.
They stay on center and perform well. You can also start with a small diameter drill and move upwards in size.
Good luck!


-- Terry

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#2 posted 02-13-2014 06:48 PM

Drill the holes after the stain and topcoat are applied. Otherwise the finish will collect around the hole and create drips and runs.

You can buy an adjustable jig, or make a simple jig with a piece of plywood for drilling accurate, repeatable holes.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 02-13-2014 08:21 PM

In the cabinet shop where I used to work we almost always drilled after installation to avoid potential damage form the knobs during install, and always after the finish was done and we always used a backer to avoid splintering on the inside.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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