Introduction: Child's Dresser Hardware
An idea for creating original drawer pulls for ~20$
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Step 1: Materials
1. a bucket of plastic animals. I found this one, of North American animals for 11$ at a local science toys and minerals shop. You get a dozen of pieces in a clear sleeve. This brand also carries dinosaurs, sea creatures etc.
2. 2 1/4" long 10-24 screws with matching nuts
3. large washers
4. split-locking washers
5. wooden spacers. I found these spools for 1.48$ at the screw section in my local hardware store. They didn't quite fit the screws, but I figured I can re-drill them and save a stop. The original plan was to get wooden beads.
Step 2: Drill the Toys and Spacers
Drill press is better for this task, because of the narrow margins in both animals and spools. I guess if you have a steady hand or disposable toys you. an try a hand drill. Run the screws through the holes to make sure you're using the right bit and ready to assemble.
Step 3: Prepare the Dresser
This dresser has long history, obviously. I got it almost 2 years ago from someone who refinished it to a "distressed" look. It has many scars from older pulls, but I had to drill 4 additional ones anyway.
Step 4: Pair and Match the Animals
Use your judgment. I thought these made natural partners, but I'm sure I'll get your input...
I think it makes aesthetic sense that pulls of the same drawer should face each other. Animals that turn their heads to one side should turn toward the user, away from the drawer face.
Step 5: Install
Thread the animal, spacer, drawer face, big washer, locking washer and nut. Tighten the screw. Repeat x12
Step 6: Finishing Touch
My original plan was to heat up the screws on the stove and embed them in the plastic. I didn't feel too adventurous, so I used a drill instead. This leaves the screw heads exposed in their ugliness. To play down the silvery shine of the screws, I put a couple of coats of green nail polish on them.