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Forum topic by daddywoofdawg posted 10-22-2014 02:24 AM 632 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-22-2014 02:24 AM

Is there a standard hole spacing on handles, like kitchen cabinets and size of finger groove on pulls?

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#1 posted 10-22-2014 04:43 AM

Three inches is very common for hole spacing but it’s not the only length available.

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#2 posted 10-22-2014 06:28 AM

To make things easier they make some fairly cheap plastic hole spacing jigs. Depending on which hardware your going to use.

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#3 posted 10-22-2014 12:26 PM

When we re-finished out bathroom vanity, the spacing was not the same on the new hardware as was on the old. I made a template from scrap, took about 5 minutes, that registered on the top corner of the door, and had the holes drilled for the hardware. Just put it on the door, drill, do the next door. If you have 2 doors to do, probably not worth it. We had 6, so it made sense for me, to make sure they were all consistently located without measuring each one. Easier to do it right once on scrap, then you can mindlessly drill the doors/drawers.

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#4 posted 10-22-2014 12:32 PM

the most common at our shop is 4” and 96mm

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#5 posted 10-22-2014 01:14 PM

The reason I’m asking is I making some handles,And the handles I have are old fashion type so know measuremerments I can get off there like so many inches in from the end on the bar style handle.
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Center to Center Length: 3.78” (96mm) what do they mean from one leg to the other?

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#6 posted 10-22-2014 02:03 PM

As a cabinet maker I have found that there are two different common spaced pulls, 3’ and 3 1/2”, of course there are metric also which are close to that. But when you go custom they can be anything the manufacturer decides…..

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#7 posted 10-23-2014 08:34 PM

Not sure if I understand your question; are you concerned about the hole spacing or the position of the handle? The normal location of a drawer pull is in the center of the drawer panel, but depending on the style and shape of the handle, it could be somewhat above center, but usually not below center. It’s an aesthetic thing. Once you have found the most pleasing location for the handle, make a template so all handles will locate the same.

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