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How to secure new handles on a cabinet

Posted by info@cgflatpack.com on June 3, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Choose slimline handles when installing cabinetry as they don’t work loose over time. Buy a handle template or make a jig to drill accurate holes. TIP Handles come with machine screws that are usually longer than required. Measure the door thickness plus 3mm then clamp the screw in a vice and use a hacksaw to cut it to length.


 

●1 APPLY MASKING TAPE

On the back of the door apply two strips of tape where the holes will be drilled to prevent melamine breakout as the drill bit exits.

●2 DRILL THE HOLES

Position the jig and use a 2mm bit to drill pilot holes. Remove the jig and use a 5mm bit to drill out the holes.

TIP Drilling oversized holes allows a small amount of screw movement to engage the screw thread.

●3 FIT THE HANDLES

Remove burrs from the end of the screw thread with a metal file then push the screw through the door from inside and wind it into the handle. Repeat for the other screw then secure the handle against the door.


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