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tahir

Belt -> handle

Need to come up with cheap ideas for drawer pulls/cupboard handles, I'm toying with three ideas:

1. Copper tubing
Got a few random bits of pipe kying around, thinking that with a couple of brackets like this it'd be quite easy, just worried about how easily dented they may become in use

2. Leather belt
I have at least one leather belt that could be cut up to turn into strap like/loop type handles, just wondering how to actually make a nice job of fixing them

3. Webbing belt
Wasn't a soul boy so don't actually own one, but they're pretty cheap to buy. Fixing issues as above

Your thoughts welcome
Nick

How often do you intend to hit your door handles hard enough to dent copper pipe?
tahir

How often do you intend to hit your door handles hard enough to dent copper pipe?


I still have children, plus lots of other random children turning up out of the blue, just going through possibilities...

You think it'll be OK then?
tahir

I guess this might work on the leather?

http://www.essentracomponents.co.uk/joint-connector-nuts
Treacodactyl

I still have children, plus lots of other random children turning up out of the blue, just going through possibilities...


Better locks?

If you're looking at spending 2 for a couple of brackets what's wrong with round wooden handles as they often cost about the same price, or less.
tahir

If you're looking at spending 2 for a couple of brackets what's wrong with round wooden handles as they often cost about the same price, or less.

Don't really fancy them
tahir

I still have children, plus lots of other random children turning up out of the blue, just going through possibilities...


Better locks?

Well we actually let them in for some strange reason....
Nick

How often do you intend to hit your door handles hard enough to dent copper pipe?

I still have children, plus lots of other random children turning up out of the blue, just going through possibilities...

You think it'll be OK then?

I think they'll be ok. They'll go dull quickly, tho. The pipes, not the kids; they're never dull.
tahir

not the kids; they're never dull.

Never?
Falstaff

I used a little bit cut off the end of a plastic wine syphon tube and for the leather belt idea, a brass screw through the belt, thread the plastic tube on and screw onto the drawer. tahir

Got any pics? Cathryn

Pinterest, then search using words like upcycled cupboard handles. Lots of nice quirky ideas. Nick

Upcycled? Here, please have a frown. Terrible word. Kevin Bloody McCloud. You'll be repurposing next. Cathryn

Or you could try repurposing Tahir. Smile


It's a search, not my strongest skill - you go look for him.
Nick

No. The copper pipe is the answer. Attractive, functional, tough and will actually increase in value. What's not to like? Cathryn

I like the idea of the copper pipe actually.


(Especially if it's hollow and small children can hoard useful things in them.)
tahir

Or you could try repurposing Tahir. Smile


I have no idea what you could repurpose me as, nothing useful is my guess
tahir

No. The copper pipe is the answer. Attractive, functional, tough and will actually increase in value. What's not to like?

Yep, but we have more than one project on, I don't think this is suitable for a cot (not for us)
Nick

Grandpa! Oh, how lovely! earthyvirgo

What about some nice pieces of driftwood (small pieces obviously not thumping great logs).

EV
tahir

Grandpa! Oh, how lovely!

Sometimes you are just too funny Laughing
tahir

What about some nice pieces of driftwood (small pieces obviously not thumping great logs).

EV

We've got loads of bits of tree here, and we did think about using it, but the furniture's all in ply. We didn't think anything that natural would go with it.
MornieG

What about some nice pieces of driftwood (small pieces obviously not thumping great logs).

EV

We've got loads of bits of tree here, and we did think about using it, but the furniture's all in ply. We didn't think anything that natural would go with it.

It doesn't 'GO' with it but it's a contrast, the contemporary with the rustic, lovely.

Mo.XX
tahir

Will peel the bark of a bit of branch, see how it looks. dpack

wood goes with wood so stick or narly bit or shaped bit will look ok with ply

rope works ,a knot inside and out threaded through a hole

strap nailed on will work or strap under two straps (like old trunks) and are flat when not in use

real antique handles can be got in sets are often quite cheap for the age and complexity of em .i rather like the idea of queen anne roundel/loop on brand new ply Wink
gregotyn

Hole in drawer, piece of rope through hole, knot at each end! tahir

Hole in drawer, piece of rope through hole, knot at each end!

Did think that too, plenty of baler twine around the place, blue or orange...

Will get a crash helmet before suggesting to wife
tahir

Nephew's cot will have recycled old belt, laundry cupboards will have copper pipe.

Just need to cut nice round ends on the leather...
Bungo

you could put filler or dowel or something in the copper pipe to stop it getting dented tahir

you could put filler or dowel or something in the copper pipe to stop it getting dented

Did think that, but probably be OK without, cheap/easy enough to replace if needed
tahir

The leather belt handles look great, I should post some photos really (it'd help if I take some first Rolling Eyes )

Will try to take some at the weekend
tahir

Here it is:



Click to see full size image
Nick

Why have you got drawers that go into the floor? tahir

Why have you got drawers that go into the floor?

Rolling Eyes

That's not the floor, it's the table top!
gregotyn

Must be a revolution in furniture making tahir, drawers in a table top-novel-sets you out from the crowd! Joking apart the handles do look good. From my rope suggestion earlier and the crash helmet reply, I should say, for her who was I would have needed shin pads and a box as well. tahir

Joking apart the handles do look good.

It was my wife wot dunnit, one of her old belts too, so she's made big sacrifices here Laughing
dpack

they do look good

a variation might be a handle with a slot and hole each end where they fasten on to the pegs(screws or whatever) so as they lay flat when at rest but pull up and give a space for the hand when in use, like old style trunk handles.
tahir

they do look good

a variation might be a handle with a slot and hole each end where they fasten on to the pegs(screws or whatever) so as they lay flat when at rest but pull up and give a space for the hand when in use, like old style trunk handles.

We have more to do, was thinking about doing that on this one but was unsure on how to cut the slots and no time to experiment
dpack

the first holes are at the distance between the fixings ,the seconary holes about an inch or so further out ,use a sharp one inch chisel and a hammer to cut the slot between the holes

there is a variation with a strap type attachment in metal and a reduction of width to the handle but they are more complex to make and require thick leather so as not to pull out of the fixing
tahir

the first holes are at the distance between the fixings ,the seconary holes about an inch or so further out ,use a sharp one inch chisel and a hammer to cut the slot between the holes


Really? Just a chisel? Hmm, may have to buy one
Pilsbury

You could do it with a stanley knife, just joining th holes shouls mean you can pull the leather and it will form a handle and then when you push it back it will move to the holes at the correct span of the fixings and lay flat
if you don't remove the leather between the holes in might be a bit stiff to stsrt with but should still work.
tahir

You could do it with a stanley knife, just joining th holes shouls mean you can pull the leather and it will form a handle and then when you push it back it will move to the holes at the correct span of the fixings and lay flat
if you don't remove the leather between the holes in might be a bit stiff to stsrt with but should still work.

I've misunderstood, what I was thinking of was to cut slots in the actual drawer fronts and have the leather threaded through
dpack

glad that is sorted Wink

you do need at least one good chisel

a one inch bevel edged is a good general purpose size

if you dont have the time or skilled knowledge to find a superb antique go for a good make such as marples or stanley professional range.

you also need a good sharpening stone (educational videos available online for how to create and maintain a perfect edge)

each will probably cost about 25 ( or maybe a bit more ,price isnt the prime factor with "your chisel")each but good uns is better than several carp ones and will pay for itself many times over as it will last several generations of full time use

go for a serious(gnted unbreakable is a good idea ) plastic handle (so as to use a hammer rather than a mallet )
those with a full tang and metal button to hit are strong but although some folk like them i find them a bit bouncy for delicate stuff .wood handles are fine for hand carving or turning but useless for bash work ,jointing etc etc

a decent chisel is a very multi purpose tool with a steerable super sharp blade ,a carp one is a nightmare to use and a danger to work and body

i dont know if you ever get to south london but gatto's tools in garret lane is the type of shop that will help you find "your chisel"

i got "my chisel"from them 30 yrs ago and still use it regularly
gregotyn

It is a fact that good chisels are an essential. I was using fairly regularly up till a few years back and will be again as soon as I have a new workshop ready, the chisels that were used by my grandfather, in the 1900's and passed through the family to me and still all in good condition. I just keep them wrapped up and oiled to make sure they will be ok. Sharpening them is a pleasure compared to some of the modern stuff available. There are often stalls at shows where I pick up a chisel or so with handles of that patina which only comes with age.
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