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Simple Custom Copper Drawer and Door Pulls

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We recently remolded our kitchen, and in doing so, replaced the cabinets. When we went to the local hardware store, and started pricing pulls, all we got was sticker shock! Unless you want just a plain round knob you are going to pay for it. The ones we liked started around $2.50 and went on up from there, some as high as $10.00 a piece! More than our budget would allow, so, I started scrounging. What I found was some 1/2" copper pipe that had been in the weather for 3 years and had a beautiful green patina on it. All I had to do was figure out how to turn this beautiful copper pipe into a pull. This is what I came up with...
 
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Step 1: What You Will Need

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Copper Pipe
90 degree elbows (2 for each pull)
Wooden Dowel (slightly larger than the diameter of the elbow)
Epoxy
Pipe Cutter or Hacksaw
Disk or Belt Sander
Hammer
Screws
Drill and Drill Bits

Step 2: Prepairing The Parts

Start by cutting the pipe to the length you want your pulls. When figuring the total length, remember to account for the inch or so that the elbows will add. Once cut, debur and bevel the edge. Next cut the dowel into 1 1/2" pieces and taper one end to fit inside the small end of the elbow. You want the wood to be visible from the opposite end. The last step is to roughen up the inside of the large end of the elbow. We will later use epoxy to fix the dowels and this will help it adhere to the copper.
LifeWarrior9 months ago
Great idea, I love the Idea of using copper pipe, they have a dozen or so different angles and shapes in this kind of tubing that could make a lot of interesting styles!
ContraptionMaker (author)  LifeWarrior9 months ago
Thanks LW. I think this has lots of possibilities. I love your stuff, can't wait to see what you come up with.