Monday, May 24, 2010

Hardware Gadgets!

Today I'm going to share with you two essential tools if you're ever going to consider redoing any sort of furniture {or cabinets for that matter}

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The first thing is called a hardware gauge made by Hillman. You can get this at any local hardware store for about $2.00, but it will be the best thing you've ever purchased! Let me show you!

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My dilemma was that the screws that came with the hardware were too short for the drawers. But I couldn't just use any screws. I needed to make sure that the new screws were:

A.) Long enough to go through both the drawer face and the drawer
B.) The appropriate size to be screwed into the hardware properly

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This is where my hardware gauge came in handy. It's got a ton of measurement guides. Everything from pipe guides to a thread guide {you know, the thread on screws} Using my handy-dandy guide, I measured the drawer to see what length would work.

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After measuring the length, I used the guide to see exactly how wide {or the gauge} the screw was using this part of the guide. Kinda neat huh?

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Now, I have all of the information I needed to go into Lowe's and find the screws that would fit! Easy peasy!

The other great gadget I ran across were these drilling guides for cabinet drawers/doors. After poking around online, looking for the perfect pull handles, I learned a few things about handles and pulls. They are usually {unless we are talking IKEA, because IKEA is never "standard size" anything} a standard size. Mine were three inches from one hole to the other.The great thing about these guides? Just hold your handle up to the guide and viola! No guess work or measuring!

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After that it was a piece of cake. I just decided where I wanted them to go and marked and drilled!

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These are really invaluable for me. I am notorious for trying to measure and straighten then all of a sudden everything is cocky-wobbled and sideways :( Or my favorite thing to to is eyeball it. Not good!

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And that's that! 

Here is where you can find the cabinet template

Here is the drawer template

And here is the Hillman Hardware Gauge. If you don't want to order it online, I found it at Lowe's near the picture hanging hardware.


Jennifer said...

Those sound super handy! I may have to invest. I think I'm going to use the same door pulls on my cabinets, but instead dye some rope/twine and wrap the pulls with it. Can't wait to show you!

And by the way, I did work on my cabinets a little more over the weekend and I'll be working on them every night this week. So hopefully in a couple of weeks you can see before and after photos! :)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I have both of those wonderful tools and they were truly invaluable for doing our kitchen hardware. My screws that came with the pulls were too short too and boy, if you don't have that tool you can make a dozen trips back and forth trying to get the right ones. Great post. Hugs, Marty

Catherine Hansen Peart said...

These are great! I am going to buy a set for me and a set for a friend of mine too. I love these sorts of things.

Averill said...

We used these when we installed our kitchen hardware and they were invaluable. Saved us loads of time and pain!

Kelly said...

I think I love you!

Thanks so much for your knowledge and sharing those with us. I am about to go to Lowes and buy one!

Thanks again!
Kelly --

Grace said...

What a great post. I didn't even know that there was a gauge like that available. I'm always guessing too, which isn't good. I"m going to have a look next time I'm at the hardware store. Thanks.