In this tutorial, you will learn how to install a finger pull on a sliding barn door, using a chisel. Adding a finger pull is a sleek way to enhance a piece with functional hardware while minimizing bulk.
How to Install a Finger Pull on a Sliding Barn Door
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Mark the placement of the finger pull and trace around it with a pencil. Be sure you hold the piece steady and trace around the back portion. That’s the part that’s going to end up inside the door.
Use the chisel to trace around your pencil mark making sure you use enough pressure to make a slight indentation around the perimeter.
Now for the scary part!. Hold the chisel on an angle with the flat side up and gently pound the opposite with a rubber mallet. If you’ve never used a chisel before, practice on a piece of scrap wood so you get the feel for how much pressure you need to use.
This is actually the first time I used a chisel and I was surprised at how easy it was. Be sure to let the tool do the work. There’s no need to pound hard. Be careful as you chisel around the edge, so you don’t remove more than you need to. Go slow and remove one thin layer at time. You should generally go “with the grain” but I found myself going against the grain a few times, especially around the edges. It took me about 20 minutes to do it but I was being extra careful. I think I’ll be faster next time.
Once the finger pull fit in the hole nicely, I applied glue and stuck it in, then used my favorite cordless drill to attach the screws it came with.
Now it’s time to pat yourself on the back!!. You know how to install a finger pull! Good work, girl 🙂
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Novice woodworker and serial Popcorn eater, Janice Thomas writes detailed tutorials that motivate others to “dare to try”. Originally from Puerto Rico, Janice is fluent in Spanish and dreams of owning a beach house on the island someday! Janice currently lives in Utah with her husband and children, where she works as a university professor.