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Thread: How do you line up the drawer knobs on a dresser?

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    Question How do you line up the drawer knobs on a dresser?

    I just finished a dresser with 4 drawers. Each drawer had two knobs on it to pull the drawer out. I spent hours measuring & placing the knobs so they would all line up beneath each other & at the same height on the drawer. It came out OK but I'm just wondering if there is an easier way to do this?
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    Dennis, that's the way I done it on my last on.I just measured over about 6" and up to the middle of the drawer. Put a mark,drill a hole and add the knob.
    Donny

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    One thing I do when locating knobs is to put a brick in every drawer to make sure they are as they would be when loaded.

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    On identical sized drawers where I want the knob spacing to be the same, I take some scrap plywood and make jigs for drilling the holes. It eliminates mistakes in measuring, marking and drilling.

    I do the same for doors.
    Ken

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    jig to set knob location

    I have used Sommerfeld's tools for wood "the easy mark jig" for a complete kitchen drawers and doors call 888-228-9268. Jim Gerus

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    A piece of peg-board with a scrap wood "fence" can make for a nice drawer handle/knob jig!

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    Smile

    This is the website for above post Jim
    http://www.sommerfeldtools.com/

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    Check out the latest issue of Fine Woodworking magazine. There is an article on placing/locating cabinet and furniture hardware that is very good. May find some useful information there.

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    I just mounted pulls on a dresser/linen cabinet yesterday with a new tool

    Took me 10 minutes to go from deciding where to put them to having all the holes drilled perfectly. I didn't even need a pencil.

    Goodbye shop built jigs, measuring twice, combo squares and horsing around.

    http://www.amazon.com/True-Position-.../dp/B003E46SVO

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    I drill the hardware holes on the drill press using a fence and stops.

    That way they're identical, and I only have to layout one.

    regards, Rod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Fitzgerald View Post
    On identical sized drawers where I want the knob spacing to be the same, I take some scrap plywood and make jigs for drilling the holes. It eliminates mistakes in measuring, marking and drilling.

    I do the same for doors.
    +1, I use jigs wherever possible, I don't trust repeated measurements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Fitzgerald View Post
    On identical sized drawers where I want the knob spacing to be the same, I take some scrap plywood and make jigs for drilling the holes. It eliminates mistakes in measuring, marking and drilling.

    I do the same for doors.
    That's what I did recently when I added knobs to a knobless kitchen after I repainted the cainets.

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    Drilling the holes

    Actually, on the last dresser I made, I used two combo squares. The first one was set at the distance I wanted from the edge. The second one needed to be variable, because each drawer front was a different height. I'd find the center point of each drawer front's height, and set the second square to that. Drawers were already assembled, so a handdrill was used for the holes. I counter-sink the inside holes just a bit, as well as the outside of the hole. The real challenge would be to line up full drawer handles with the top "half-width" drawer handles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Griffin View Post
    I just mounted pulls on a dresser/linen cabinet yesterday with a new tool

    Took me 10 minutes to go from deciding where to put them to having all the holes drilled perfectly. I didn't even need a pencil.

    Goodbye shop built jigs, measuring twice, combo squares and horsing around.

    http://www.amazon.com/True-Position-.../dp/B003E46SVO

    -Steve
    That's a great tool but crazy expensive. Maybe they can donate one for the tool giveaways?

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    Home Depot has a plastic jig for standard sizes in the $5 range.

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