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Creating Elegant Shop-Made Wooden Cabinet Pulls
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Kitchen cabinet with shop-made drawer pulls Rather than buying expensive hardware, the author likes to design his own drawer handles when constructing cabinetry.

It seems only natural to me to make my own wooden cabinet pulls. Applying them to a well-crafted cabinet is like adding my signature to the piece. But another undeniable benefit to them is that, with cabinet pulls costing anywhere from $3.00 to $10.00 and even up to $30.00 each, the amount of money that woodworkers can save by making their own is nothing to sneeze at. A common kitchen can have 20 to 30 pulls ... well, you can do the math.

These three pulls are similar in size and function, but they look dramatically different. Rather than trying to name each pull, I decided to differentiate them by using cherry, walnut and birch. You can use any wood species you like and choose to either match your project’s wood or complement it with a contrasting species.

All three pull designs can be mounted either horizontally or vertically, but the cherry pull looks best when mounted horizontally. Making the pulls goes basically like this: Cut a long piece of stock, shape the profile, cut the pulls to length, shape the ends, drill the screw pilot holes, and apply finish. It sounds simple, and for the most part, it is. Read on and I’ll show you a few of my tricks to make them faster, better and safer. Here we go:

Elegant Cherry Pulls
Fancy Walnut Pulls
Simple Birch Cabinet Pulls

posted on June 1, 2009 by Bruce Kieffer
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