A Simple Door Pull of Copper and Wood
I thought I’d share this idea for a door pull I made recently. It’s no more than a copper rivet hand-hammered around a square of wood, and epoxied into a tapered hole.
Here’s how I did it
With the wood clamped to the copper rivet using a c-clamp, I hammered down all four sides of the rivet’s head, where it protruded past the small wooden block. This serves to pinch the wood into place. Now with the pull clamped to your bench, you can add a small chamfer around all four edges of the wooden block and install. It’s that simple! See my photos for more detail.
Here are all the parts you need: a copper rivet and a tiny piece of wood. I used a 1/2 in. square of redwood to contrast the birdseye maple cabinet door. The redwood was a scrap from the ship-lapped back of the cabinet.
Clamp the wood to the rivet and use a second square of wood as a little caul.
Hammer all four sides to pinch the piece of wood in place.
Here's a photo of the rivet out of the clamp, holding the little block of wood.
Put the rivet in a vise and add a tiny chamfer detail.
Drill a hole in the door the diameter of the bottom of the rivet. (In this case, 3/16" diameter and 1/2 in. deep.) Use a tapered round file (In this case, a chainsaw file) to get the rivet to seat at the depth you like.
Add a bit of epoxy and push the pull into place. An adjustable wrench helps align the square with the door style.
The finished pull.
The completed cabinet with its new door pull. We're getting ready to pack it full of spices.