Step 2: Lay out the handle grip

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Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Using a combination square, lay out a 5x1½-inch rectangle near the top of the handle to denote where the grip will go. Make sure that it is centered. To create the angled sides of the handle, mark the top of the handle 1½ inches from either side of the grip; mark each side of the handle 5 inches from the bottom. Draw a diagonal line between these marks on each side of the grip.

Clamp the handle piece to the table. Using a drill/driver fitted with a -inch bit, cut holes in the four corners of the rectangle. Make sure to stay inside the lines. These holes will allow you to insert and turn the jigsaw blade to make a cutout.
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    Tools List

    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • hammer with nailset
      Hammer and nailset
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • hand clamps
      Spring clamps
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw, circular saw, or handsaw
    • drill
      Drill/driver with -inch drill bit and ½- and 1-inch spade bits
    • safety glasses
      Safety glasses
    • random orbit sander
      Random-orbit sander or sanding block
    • bar clamps
      Bar clamps
    • putty knife
      Putty knife
    • paintbrush
      Paintbrush
    • straightedge guide
      Straightedge saw guide

    Shopping List

    1. 2x4 foot piece of ½-inch birch veneer plywood

    2. Plastic jars
    (optional: for keeping nails and screws organized in the toolbox)

    3. 120-grit sandpaper

    4. Stainable wood glue

    5. Clean Rag6. 4d finish nails

    7. Stainable wood putty

    8. Water-based stain

    9. Latex gloves

    10. Hockey-stick tape

    11. Nail-on furniture glides
    (optional)