Broom Handle Door Handle

In this video I will continue with the lathe cabinet stand but making some cupboard door handles, from a broom handle.

The first thing I’m going to do is make a vee block by cutting a trench out of a piece of 2 by 2 with the table saw blade tilted at an angle. I slowly lifting the blade so I don’t accidently cut too much material off in one go.

This will hold the broom handles parallel against the pillar drill.

I measure the head of the coach bolt and make sure I have a forster bit the same size.

I’m going to sink some M8 coach bolts into the broom handles, which will allow me to bolt the them to the cabinet doors.

I used the forstner bit to mark the holes on either side by gently sliding the vee block along the pillar drill.

I then cut the ends off the handles because I made a mistake.

I was about to make the same mistake and then realised I had an off-cut I could use to check the alignment.

When I was happy with this I drilled the real broom handle door handles, changing over to an M8 brad-point drill bit to drill all the way though.

I used a cone cutting bit to widen the mouth of the hole, and help prevent the handle splitting when I added the coach bolt.

Using a nut and spanner I tighten the coach bolt into place.

I mark the doors, drilling with a smaller drill bit, using the pilot hole to counter sink the back with a forstner bit and finally drill the hole out to 8mm. The handles are fasten using nuts between two washers onto the doors.

I think the handles would have actually looked a lot nicer going this way around but I’ve decided to with them horizontally, because it means I can also use them to hang some tools off them when I’m being a bit lazy.

Thanks for watching Broom Handle Door Handle.

You can find links to the previous video in the lathe cabinet series, in the information card at the top right hand corner of the screen.

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