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Learn how to build a classic Arts & Crafts-style drawer pull (at right). To learn how to produce a square version, be sure to catch Michael Pekovich's article in issue #222.
Drawer pulls are one of those make-or-break details that can turn a beautiful woodworking project on its head if executed poorly. Believe me, I know. I struggled through turning three perfect pulls on a recent Shaker writing desk project and am still not fully satisfied with the final product.
Fine Woodworking art director Michael Pekovich recently built a hayrake desk modeled after the dining table he built for a Video Workshop earlier this year. The drawer pulls he fashioned for the desk have all the handsome lines, shapes, and heft you’d expect to see in Arts & Crafts furniture, and so, I decided to ask him for a quick tutorial.
The process hinges upon a technique for wrapping a cove around all four sides of the pull. While it initially looks like it might require some fancy tooling, it’s actually quite easy.
This hayrake writing desk features the pull the created in this post.
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I am always amazed and appreciative when I see the creativity of woodworkers. For the true craftsman, your skills are a gift to be admired and inspired.
rupps- That's a good point. I actually didn't have tear out problems with the forstner bit I was using, but drilling first would eliminate any possibility of it. The trick would be aligning the the cove with the pre-drilled holes. I'd probably dial in the cove set up on the router table first, then rout a scrap piece and use it to set the drill-press fence. Next time...
I agree with "rupps", I'm surprised you would drill the holes after routing the cove, for tearout. I also think you would get better results on the right and left front sides if you used a edge or disc sander ( again less tearout on the end grain ) for a much smoother and consistent finish.
How many pieces did you damage before you got it right.
Clever trick using the DP in combination with the router. To minimize tearout on the piece, drilling before routing the top/bottom coves might be advisable though.
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