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Making a Fancy Walnut Wood Cabinet Drawer Pull
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Walnut cabinet drawer pulls Walnut drawer pulls give a very nice clean and dark look to a cabinet project, and are much simpler to construct than standard cherry pulls.

The walnut pull is much easier to make than a cherry pull. It has two smaller routed finger grooves — one on the top and one on the bottom. The combination of these two grooves makes the pull very easy to use.

Routing finger grooves in the walnut stock Route 3/16"-deep finger grooves using a 3/8" core box router bit on both the top and bottom of both edges of the blank.

Cut your workpiece 3/4" thick x 3" wide and at least 24" long, and rout the finger grooves. Now rip the pull to 3/4" wide. This rip-cut is easier to make than the cherry pull because you can safely set up and make the cut between the fence and the blade.

For the walnut pull diagrams in PDF format, click here.

Cut the pulls to length using the same miter saw stop-and-hold-down setup shown for the cherry pull.

Marking out 3/4" radius pull ends on walnut stock Draw out the 3/4" radius pull ends using a template; it might take some practice drawing around the grooves.

Sand the pull end shapes. The layout requires drawing the radius across the finger groove. If you hold your pencil straight in that area, and go slowly, it will work fine. I use a 1-1⁄2"-diameter shop-made circle template to trace the shape. A good alternative to the template is to use a 1-1⁄2"-diameter steel washer, which you can purchase at a hardware store. Drill the screw pilot holes, ease the exposed edges, and apply finish to wrap the process up.

posted on June 1, 2009 by Bruce Kieffer
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