Nuts and Bolts = Drawer Pull

Nuts and Bolts = Drawer Pull

Erin remembered seeing this idea in an old issue of Readymade and decided to give it a go when the old plastic handles on her metal file cabinet broke. Smart, simple and cheap, it's a DIY trifecta!. To see how she made them, visit Landsdowne Life.

created at: 01/16/2012

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DIY Maven on Nov 02, 2015:

@ Tom--Both GREAT ideas!

Tom on Nov 01, 2015:

Dome nuts on the outside of the treaded rod would be a nice touch. Could use heat shrink tubing to cover threads. Great idea for a replacement pull

KelMaster Construction on May 31, 2014:

I saw this idea on here and went one step futher... I am building a custom recording desk that has slide out shelves that are hidden behind the stile (the upper horizontal face frame) of the base cabinets, I needed a drawer pull and I liked this idea. There's just one thing I changed; I replaced the threaded-rod/bolt with a wooden walnut dowel that I fastened with two small screws into the ends of the dowel. The contrast of the dark wood against the zinc plated eye-bolts makes for a very appealing look. Thanks for the insight!

Anonymous on Sep 06, 2013:

I would have to cover the threads. Wouldn't like the feel.

DesigningMom on Jan 23, 2012:

Thanks for the explaination Erin. It's an awesome idea, which I'm sure we'll use once we finish the library bookcases, fireplace surround & built ins in the Gentleman's Parlor and move onto fixing up our wood work shop.


Erin on Jan 22, 2012:

Hi, this is Erin from Lansdowne Life (where this project is from). Sorry this comment is a little late, but I just now saw the question about needing an extra nut.

In this case, I didn't need to put an extra nut on the face of the drawer where the pull juts out. The hook eyes fit pretty snugly in the holes and the handles don't wiggle around.  

But really, this is just an idea. There are a thousand different bolts and nuts and screws out there and so many possible combinations. If you were doing this yourself, you'd just take a trip to the hardware store and find the right pieces and sizes that work for your situation.

Anna on Jan 18, 2012:

Would be even warmer with a hearty piece of rope instead of a bolt for the handle. Tie two knots on the outside and ka-pow!

DesigningMom on Jan 17, 2012:

That's what I thought at first Maven, but it doesn't look like it. I suppose you could also use one of those female threaded tubes incerted/secured in a drawer front if you were using this in a wooden dresser.

DIY Maven on Jan 17, 2012:

DM...You'd think so, huh? Maybe the eye bolt was such a tight fit, in this case, it wasn't necessary? 

DesigningMom on Jan 17, 2012:

Love these Maven! I was thinking of using metal tubes for over the threads but I like Emil's idea of plastic tubing better. Great way to add color.

One question though. Wouldn't you need another nut on the outside of the drawer front to hole the eye bolts in place?

Debbie on Jan 17, 2012:

Fabulous idea!

Donna on Jan 17, 2012:

Creative ways to make pulls!

Emil on Jan 17, 2012:

Good idea, but you could also put plastic hose (like the ones used to for watering plants) wide enough so the bolt can go through so that you wouldn't put your hand on metal when you want to draw the drawer. Plus there are some nice colored hoses so you could color-match it with the rest of the room.

Zero34 on Jan 16, 2012:

BRILLIANT idea for something like a workshop space...

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