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Forum topic by bowyer posted 06-03-2009 04:30 AM 931 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-03-2009 04:30 AM

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I put on Helmsman Spar Urethane on a bandsaw box I’m making for my daughter earlier today. I went out a few minuts ago to check on it when I noticed the drawer pulls lying on the other end of my work bench. So after I said Poop!! I thought maybe someone would have a suggestion on what type of adhesive may work on attaching the drawer pulls on an already finished drawer. Or would I be better off sanding down to bare wood.


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#1 posted 06-03-2009 04:32 AM

Good update

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#2 posted 06-03-2009 04:49 AM

epoxy should hold, but I would slightly rough up the area you want to epoxy to give it a bit of tooth

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#3 posted 06-03-2009 04:55 AM

I’ve done similar things in the past bowyer. I’ve had pretty good luck sanding down to at least a good rough surface and then attaching the pull. I don’t know if you need to go all the way down to bare wood although that would probably give you the best gluing surface.

I’d say you have two choices and I’ve made both of them work in the past. Rough up the surface really well and go for it. These pulls don’t usually endure a lot of torque so you should be in good shape. Then make sure when you apply your finish that you get some of that spar along the edge of the pull to act as an adhesive itself.

Your second option would be to sand down only the front surface and start again. This would probably give you the most grip with the glue and the opportunity to finish the whole surface again so blending would be less of an issue.

Best of luck. And you only said, “Poop?”

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#4 posted 06-03-2009 07:11 PM

...and maybe another idea… Rough up the area to bond then bore for a small dowel in both the drawers and the knobs and glue them together that way. This should also give a stronger hold when pulling. Just a thought…

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#5 posted 06-04-2009 03:53 AM

Thank you one and all for your ideas! I now have a cleare path to correct my boo boo. Durnik150 “Poop” is the Disney version of one of several heart felt explatives I muttered. I heard after all this is a family web site.


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#6 posted 06-04-2009 04:22 AM

Use a fine marking knife and carefully scribe the pull location on the box. Then use a small chisel to scrape away the varnish. You will get a much better bond.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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