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How to Locate Cabinet Knobs and Pulls

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva gives tips on installing cabinet hardware accurately and consistently

Steps:

  1. On base cabinets with drawers, keep pulls on lower drawers slightly higher than center. They’ll appear centered when viewed from above.
  2. To visually check the location of a knob without making holes, use two-faced putty.
  3. Use a combination square to measure the center location and transfer that measurement to other cabinets.
  4. Use scrap wood to create a jig to ensure consistent placement of hardware.
  5. A basic plastic jig can be used for marking with several offsets located.
  6. An adjustable jig can ensure consistent placement and acts as a drill guide.
  7. Another adjustable jig offers spacing for both pulls and knobs on door and drawer front cabinets.
 
 
 

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