Adding A Cabinet Drawer Handle
Adding a drawer handle not only makes opening a drawer easier but also adds aesthetics. While there's a myriad of drawer pulls to choose from, installing them is a fairly simple process.
Materials and Supplies
- Tape measure
- Drill/Drill Bits
- Phillips or flat head screw driver
- Painter's or Masking Tape
Step 1 - Centering the Drawer
A little basic math is all you need to start. First, measure total length of the drawer and divide by two and make a mark. Then, measure the total height of the drawer and make a second mark these should intersect to make an + which is your center mark. If your drawer pull had to screw holes, it will require you to find center mark but then measure an equal distance from the center out on both side so that the center of the pull will be centered on the drawer.
Step 2 - Tape the backside
Use the masking tape and tape the backside of the drawer. When you drill for your hole, the tape will keep any splintering of the inside finish to a minimum.
Step 3 - Drill the Hole(s)
Select a drill bit a little larger (1/16 or 3/32) then your drawer handle holes to make it easy to place. Drill slowly for the best results. If you force it through, the bit will tear the backside and cause splintering. Once you've drilled the holes do some touch up sanding if necessary and place your handle in the holes and tighten down the screws.
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