Have you ever had to countersink your furniture hardware because it wasn’t sitting flush against your piece?
When I’m working with different types of knobs and handles from various stores and manufacturers, sometimes it’s not as straight forward as drilling a hole and screwing in. I wish!
Take a look at these handles with a tapered screw shaft.
If I were to drill a hole just large enough for the screw then attach them to this dresser, there would be a noticeable gap which just doesn’t look right.
So to get them to sit flush on my drawer, I use a forstner bit to create a hole large enough to fit this tapered screw shaft. A forstner bit is round bit available in various sizes.
It’s sharp round edges easily drill out cylindrical holes for countersinking… like a hot knife through buttaahh! (I love tools that make my job easy!}
A forstner bit leaves me with a clean-flat-bottom-hole that I control the depth of with my drill.
Here’s my process ~
:: Measured out where my hardware is going to be placed on my dresser.
:: Measured the largest part of the tapered screw shaft.
(This is to determine the size of forstner bit I needed. In this case I used a 5/8″ bit. You can go slightly larger but NOT smaller.)
:: Drill a pilot hole.
:: Drill with the forstner bit making sure I only go to the depth needed!
:: Drill my regular screw hole.
I always make sure to carefully drill only to the depth required… not all the way through! This leaves enough wood in back for the screw to bite into to hold my hardware secure!
THANK YOU to EVERYONE who left comments on this finished dresser yesterday! WOW… I appreciate all the support and kudos! 😉
Have you ever had to countersink your furniture hardware? If so, what tool(s) did you use? Chime in! As always, I love hearing from you! x
Enjoy your day and have fun with your next project!
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