Although the knobs on your cabinet are functional hardw […]
Although the knobs on your cabinet are functional hardware, they also serve as decorative elements. As a finishing touch to the aesthetics of the kitchen or bathroom, they will only look correct if the cabinet knobs are evenly mounted on each cabinet. The most reliable way to ensure that all measurements are consistent is to use a cabinet template, which is a plastic template that can be installed at the corner of the cabinet door and guides the drilling position.
1. Install the plastic template on the corner of the cabinet door where the knob is to be installed. This should be on the side of the door opposite the hinge; on the closet, use the lower corner; on the floor cabinet, use the upper corner.
Second, choose the position of the handle accurately. If your cabinet door has a border around a flat or raised panel, use a tape measure to find the horizontal center of the border. If the door has no border, choose a point 2 to 3 inches from the edge of the door. Choose a height, mime hand grip, and watch your hand fall naturally. The most common location is 2 1/2 to 4 inches from the top or bottom of the door. If there are holes in the template, use a pencil to circle the holes that match the selected location. If not, or if the template does not have suitable holes, mark the point on the template.
3. Remove the template from the door. Using a drill with the same diameter as the screw for the knob, drill a hole in the template. If there is no suitable hole, mark the template. If the template has holes, cover all unused templates with tape to avoid confusion.
4. Place the template on the corner of the cabinet door. Use a pencil to trace the inside of the hole on the door. Set the template aside.
5. Slowly drill through the door at the mark you made. When the drill bit comes out of the back of the door, be very gentle so you don't split the wood. Repeat the marking and drilling of the remaining cabinet doors.
6. Put one hand on the hole in front of the door with one hand. Using your other hand, insert the screw into the hole from the back. Screw it through the door and into the handle. Use your fingers to make the first few turns and replace with a screwdriver. Tighten the screws until the knob is fixed. Connect the remaining knobs in the same way.
7. The screws should extend at least 1/4 inch from the surface of the door and into the knob. Most cabinet doors are 3/4 inches thick, so chances are you'll need 1 inch screws. Most knobs use 3/16 inch diameter screws. Test to make sure this is the right screw size for your hardware by screwing a 3/16 inch screw into a knob. If not, test other sizes until you find a suitable size. Use a screwdriver to tightly insert it into the slot on the screw. This prevents the screwdriver from sliding and damaging the back of the door.