Transform Your Cabinets with a DIY Jig for Pulls - Our Home from Scratch
As an advocate of paternal leave, I can attest to its benefits. Being able to spend time with my new addition to the family has been an unparalleled experience. Though I anticipated having more free time to tackle some long overdue home projects, between my responsibilities as a student and spending time with my little one, I've been busier than ever. But no complaints here! I've still managed to chip away at my "to-do" list and will be sharing my progress as I go.
In the meantime, an update on our built-in project is due. Last we left off, we had installed the top and bottom cabinets. Now, it's time to install some door hardware.
Rather than purchasing new hardware, we opted to reuse the knobs from our daughter's Ikea Hemnes dresser. The dark, minimalist knobs provide a nice contrast to the white cabinets and give the project a cohesive look. Since the cabinets lacked pre-drilled holes for the knobs, I took it upon myself to make a simple homemade jig for installing them.
The jig consists of three small pieces of 1/2" thick plywood, glued and nailed together. This project is versatile and the perfect opportunity to put any scrap wood lying around to good use. Using the jig is a breeze: simply mark where you want the knobs to be placed, drill a hole, and voila!
I chose to place my knobs about 1" from the edge of the door and 2.75" down from the top. To determine the appropriate drill bit size, I selected a bit slightly larger in diameter than the screw that comes with the knobs.
All in all, this project was a success and a testament to the value of creativity and resourcefulness when it comes to home improvement.
To achieve perfectly aligned cabinet doors, position the jig at the door's corner, ensuring that it rests against the edges on both sides. You can choose to drill through the door and jig simultaneously or mark the door before drilling it separately, as I prefer. The latter option enables you to attain more precise hole placement. Since the jig has a broad top and back, you can use both sides to drill on each door.
Once you've drilled both holes, attach your desired door pulls, and voila, you're done! Even though you can readily purchase cabinet door jigs, like this one, creating one yourself is equally simple.
Next, we'll focus on the trim work we added to give the cabinets a built-in appearance, rather than seeming like a couple of cabinets placed together.
I had intended to post this earlier, but Lisa and I opted to watch the first Hobbit movie instead. I thought it was excellent, even better than the first Lord of the Rings installment, while Lisa didn't share my enthusiasm.
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