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Making Simple Birch Wood Cabinet Drawer Pulls
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Simple birch wood drawer pull This handle design, made from birch wood, is relatively simple in appearance, but still manages to be stylish and functional.

Making this pull is about as easy as making the walnut pull. There’s no routing involved, but ripping the beveled gripping edges is a bit harder, and sanding those ripped edges is more work. Start by cutting your stock 7/8" thick and at least 24" long. Cut the piece wide enough so you’ll have enough stock to make the quantity of pulls you need, plus a few extra for testing your saw setups.

Bevel ripping birch wood stock The edges of the pull will be bevel-ripped at 6°, make a wide cut on the outside edge first, then set the fence to 5/8" and rip the other edge.

Rip the beveled pull edges. You’ll need to find the best combination of saw blade and feed rate so the cut edges are relatively smooth and burn free. Otherwise, you’ll have a lot of work to do sanding the sawn edges smooth. A sharp ripping blade or combination blade both would be good choices. Test your saw setup to determine what works best.

Clamping birch pull to scrap batten Clamp a flexible wood batten to a stack of scrap to create a quick, easy hold down before making the final cuts on the pulls, this will give you a secure hold for the cut.

I finish-sand the sawn beveled edges on my edge sander. Sanding blocks work in lieu of that machine; it’s just more work that way. Cut the pulls to length, then sand the beveled end shapes.

For the birch drawer pull diagrams in PDF format, click here.

The setup for sanding the beveled ends works best if you tilt you sander’s table down 20°, position the pull face-down on the table and hold the pull’s side against a miter gauge. Sand until the bottom end of the pull just touches the sanding belt.

posted on June 1, 2009 by Bruce Kieffer
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