Picture of Wooden drawer pulls -  made at Techshop
Here is a set of wooden drawer pulls I made for a chest of drawers, made of the scroll saw in Techshop's wood shop.

Last year I made a nice little chest of drawers - she's not pretty, but she's quite functional. It was my first furniture project after taking a wood-joinery class at Techshop. But it had one little problem - there wasn't a good way to open the drawers. I originally meant to make face-plates for each of the drawers, and handles, but time got away from me and so I've been using handle-less drawers for several months now. It's time to stop the madness!

Today I decided to forget the face plate, and just made some wooden handles for my drawers  on the scroll saw. This is a quick little project that shows another very useful aspect of the scroll saw - cutting out 2 different profiles to create compound 3D shapes.
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Step 1: Tools and materials used

Picture of Tools and materials used
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Tools used

  • Scroll saw (DeWalt)
  • #6 crown-reverse blade (Olsen)
  • Sandpaper - 80, 120, 220 grit
  • Drill-press mounted drum sanders, coarse (80 grit) and fine (120 grit)
  • Combination square (for layout)
  • French curves (for layout)
  • Power drill (for mounting)

Materials used

  • Walnut
  • Spray shellac
  • Spray lacquer
  • #8 screws (for mounting)
hhanlin1 month ago

Thanks for the post! I am a huge fan of drill-mounted drum-sanders as well, but I found some use-your-own-sandpaper kind at Harbor freight. Now when I am polishing the handle of a knife I made (or anything else) I can go as high as I can find paper (1200, in my shop currently). I'm not getting any kickbacks from HF or anything, but I really have come to value that tool.

workislove (author)  hhanlin1 month ago

Interesting! I don't think I've seen what you're describing - you mean that you can roll normal sandpaper onto the drum? Have a link?

craftclarity10 months ago

These are SUPER pretty. Very nice handiwork, sir!

legamin11 months ago

having been a garage hermit and job site cabinet maker I am unfamiliar with the term "Techshop". Anyone out there want to enlighten me please?

workislove (author)  legamin11 months ago

It's a commercial DIY space - website. For a monthly fee you get access to a bunch of tools to make all kinds of things. It's for people (like me) who don't have garages to play around in (studio apartment) - or entrepreneurial types who want to prototype their big ideas.

You'll see posts mentioning them on Instructables because they are business partners and have promotions - write an instructable, win a class at Techshop.

legamin workislove11 months ago
I see. Thanks for responding. Now I have leverage with my wife if she wants both sides of the garage to park in, I can offer the solution that I pay a monthly fee to go work elsewhere... Of course this means no more cement mixer for yard project and repairs, no more large power tools for big home DIY like deck repair etc etc.... (I think you get the picture...). What would be cool is to do it for a year to see what BIG tools I need like laser guided cam/cad router table...(NEED!)..for counter tops etc. you're a pal!
neo71665 legamin11 months ago
Its a tool shop only in larger cities the city slickers rent time out in. If they dont know how to use the tools somebody does it or shows them how.