I Put the Handles on Myself

Back when I bought handles for the pantry and mudroom closet doors I purchased extras for whatever might arise in the future.

I bought extra antique pewter handles for the closet doors when the first ones were installed in the pantry.
I bought extra antique pewter handles for the closet doors when the first ones were installed in the pantry.

They were on a good sale, I liked them, and I wanted the handles throughout the house to match.

Doors -- no handles.
Doors — no handles.

When the conservatory and master bedroom doors were installed I got busy putting handles on the double Shaker-style doors.

I marked a cross on the door and tried to drill at the intersection of the vertical and horizontal lines.
I marked a cross on the door and tried to drill at the intersection of the vertical and horizontal lines.

First I marked the holes for the handles (2 for each) similarly to how the pantry doors were positioned.

Even though the holes were exactly the right size the placement needed to be adjusted ever so slightly to get the handle extensions inserted.
Even though the holes were exactly the right size the placement needed to be adjusted ever so slightly to get the handle extensions inserted.

Then I drilled the holes.

The handle had to be coaxed into the holes.
The handle had to be coaxed into the holes.

Each time I needed to enlarge the hole just a bit so the part of the handle that inserts into the wood was able to fit. I used the same drill bit and just grinded it around a little. Drilling a second hole was not an option on these natural wood doors.

Cabinet knob screws or #8 machine screws -- these are too short.
Cabinet knob screws or #8 machine screws — these are too short.

The screws that came with the handles were too short for this installation so we bought additional longer machine screws in the knob department of Home Depot. Actually I ended up making 2 trips because the first selection was still a bit short. Then I got the bright idea of taking a screw out of the already finished handles to measure against at the store.  I  know: Delayed genius is no genius at all.

The spall space between the door and the handle flange disappeared when the screw was tightened from the back.
The spall space between the door and the handle flange disappeared when the screw was tightened from the back.

The handles didn’t insert all the way into the door until the screw was tightened against it.

The handles on the master bedroom closet door are more used for pulling the door closed than opening it since it opens into the walk-in closet.
The handles on the master bedroom closet door are more used for pulling the door closed than opening it since it opens into the walk-in closet.

Voila! Handles on the double doors.

Note to self -- find the wall plate for the outlets in the bedroom hall.
Note to self — find the wall plate for the outlets in the bedroom hall.

Are you handy with small power tools? Do you measurements sometimes lack the desired accuracy?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

4 thoughts on “I Put the Handles on Myself”

    1. When my carpenter friend came by he was surprised/happy to see the handles done then opined on about how difficult they really are to do. Good thing I didn’t know that. Jo

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