How to Make a Wooden Pendant Pull
Philip Morley tackles the challenge of working with small parts by starting with long blanks that will each produce two pulls
Synopsis: This elegant wooden pull is made from two parts, a post and a pendant. The post is glued into the door or drawer front, and the pendant, with its convex front and concave back, hangs down from it. The two parts are connected with a finger joint that has a brass pin running through it for strength. The pendant is easy to grasp between thumb and forefinger. Philip Morley tackles the challenge of working with small parts by starting with long blanks that will each produce two pulls.
I designed this pull for a cherry credenza I made for some special clients, my in-laws. It’s based on a cast brass pull I designed for another piece. My plan was to make these pulls from brass as well, but the artist who cast the first ones for me had moved away so I decided to make them from wood. The challenge was to make them both delicate-looking and strong enough to withstand years of use. As it turns out, I’m very pleased that I was forced to make them from wood. I like the way they look and feel, and I think they complement the credenza much better than brass pulls would have.
The pull is made from two parts: a post that is glued into the drawer front (or door stile) and a pendant that hangs from the post. The pendant is concave on the back side and convex on the front. The shape fits nicely between your thumb and finger.
Although the pull isn’t tiny, the parts are still too small to make one at a time. For safety, and to speed things up when I need multiple pulls for a piece of furniture, I make blanks for the pendant and post that give me two…