My hardware choice for handles on this chest will match the other existing chest, I used black cast iron handles from Lee Valley. The only downside with this hardware is that it comes with mounting screws which are far too long for my use. I haven’t put the handles onto a chest with sides which are 1.25” thick yet so I always have to shorten the screws by 3/8” to 1/2".
|Marking the Centerpoints for the Handle Mounting Screws|
|Mounting Screws in Need of a Trim|
|Side Handles Test Fit|
After reattaching the drawer fronts I installed the drawer pulls. I used ring pulls to match the other component which has already been built. I drilled a hole a little larger than the width of the prongs but a little smaller than the diagonal. This keeps the pulls from moving around too much during installation and avoids slop in the fitting. I bent the tines back with an old ruler and a pair of needle nose pliers and clinched them into the back of the drawer front with a small hammer.
|Drill Bit Slightly Under Diagonal Measurement of Tines|
|Tine Bent and Ready to be Hammered into Place|
If the ring pull needs to be installed to close to the top of the drawer to allow both tines to spread out normally the top one is twisted 90 degrees. I have tried cutting the tine short in the past and this is a much better option.
|Installation in Tall Drawers|
|Installation in Short Drawers|
With all the hardware installed and the drawers replaced the chest is done and ready to be loaded with tools.