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Arts and Crafts Dresser #8: First row of drawers fitted. Selecting hardware - opinions?

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Blog entry by BlueRidgeDog posted 03-03-2019 12:31 PM 1053 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A very slow week. My kid was in the hospital, and though an adult, “dad” was in charge.

That said I finished and fitted the three top drawers and put two coats of finish on the top. The finish was a bit old (dregs of the can) so I ended up scraping it once to knock down some high spots. There are a few dull areas you can see because of that. Two more coats to go.

Fitting them was a workout! It always is. I think I need to make them just a 1/32” smaller, but I like them to fit perfect, so ????

I spent a good bit of time chasing down small ridges in the carcass and paring it with a chisel and shaping the sides to fit the openings and adjusting the carcass reveal. Three down, six to go. Time to resharpen and relax for a bit.

The hardware came in. I am going with the six larger on the bottom, but I have three options for the top. Small knobs, mid size pulls that are the same as the larger, or the large for the top so they are all identical. Any suggestions?



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EarlS

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#1 posted 03-03-2019 11:31 PM

I would go with large pulls for the drawers. I tried a small bar on a drawer and it looked and felt really odd. The knobs would look tiny on those drawers. You might want to take a look at some of the Stickley dressers and see what they do.

BTW – great looking top!!!

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 03-04-2019 12:03 PM



I would go with large pulls for the drawers. I tried a small bar on a drawer and it looked and felt really odd. The knobs would look tiny on those drawers. You might want to take a look at some of the Stickley dressers and see what they do.

BTW – great looking top!!!

- EarlS

Thanks. Top is from the same tree as the rest of the wood, but has some color variation. Are you suggesting the small rectangles for the top, or the same larger rectangles?

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#3 posted 03-04-2019 12:58 PM

The more I look at the top row with 3 smaller drawers compared to the 2 large drawers per row on the lower ones, the more the knobs work better than the rectangles. An issue with the small rectangles is that they probably only have a single screw in them which means they will twist a bit when you pull the drawer open and never be quite level (speaking from experience with square pulls on our Stickley entertainment center doors). The big rectangles might make the top row look top heavy since there are 3 pulls, not 2.

Just my thoughts.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 03-04-2019 01:58 PM

The small rectangles are indeed single screw. I have used them in the past and they have an interesting cleat in the back that really keeps them square. That said, I am going to put the big pulls on when I finish the other drawers and then sort of have a look. I bought enough of each for the top as I will always have a use for them.

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#5 posted 03-04-2019 02:12 PM

The square pulls I mentioned have a little pushed out dimple in the base of the pull that is supposed to indent the wood as the pull is screwed into place to keep it from twisting but it doesn’t do the job.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#6 posted 03-04-2019 03:04 PM

Looks good, so far….vote for knobs across the top….

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#7 posted 03-06-2019 05:04 AM

I would draw out the hardware options, and post a SketchUp rendering here. Case pieces with offset drawers look really great when the hardware comes out right, and can look slightly off with the wrong choice.

I like the pulls to align perfectly, or clearly are not trying to align. Usually I use all the same type of pull, but I’ve had good luck with square pyramid pulls on top drawers too.

We need a sketch!

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