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The Easy Way to Install Cabinet Knobs

Updated on December 18, 2012

Cabinet handle/knob jig
Cabinet handle/knob jig

Installing kitchen cabinet hardware can be a real challenge. Lining up all of the knobs perfectly takes time and careful measurement as the smallest increment off sticks out like a sore thumb. There is a way to take all of the guesswork out of installing cabinet knobs and handles. Make a jig.

What's a Jig?

A jig is a template for performing a specific duty that will replicate this duty over and over again exactly the same way. This is perfect for kitchen cabinet knobs and handles. Take a 12 inch piece of 1/2 inch plywood and lay it down. Measure on a cabinet door where you want the handles placed. Transfer this measurement from one corner of the plywood and drill the holes for the handle/knob in the plywood. Label this corner with what ever cabinet type you just measured. For example, and upper cabinet where the handle mounts on the right side is UR for 'upper right." The upper left, lower right and lower left cabinets will all have a corner of the plywood template. Now to install the cabinet hardware, start with the upper cabinets by opening all the doors. This makes sure that you drill your holes on the correct side of the cabinet doors for the handles. By simply rotating your piece of wood based on your cabinet door swing and it being lower or upper, you can install all of the handles.knobs in exactly the same place on every cabinet door.

Drawer Template

The cabinet drawer template can be made of the same template for the cabinets. When you are finished with the cabinets door handles, take the template and attach a piece of 1x2 to the back of the template using screws. This will rest on the top of the drawer. Then drill your holes through the plywood where you want the handles to go on the drawers. You will also need your measuring tape for this as you will need it for a side reference. But the concept is the same. The template , in this case is more to keep the handles lined up so that they plane through each other when looked at.

Using this simple technique will have you installing cabinet knobs and handles perfectly every time.


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