Door handles attached to the door.
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How To Make Door Handles

This easy guide shows how to make door handles from left over wood you might have lying around.

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Tools and Materials Needed

  • Safety Glasses and Protective Gloves (Paid links)
  • Clamp
  • Drop Saw
  • Coarse Grit and Fine Grit Sandpaper
  • Paint or Stain and Varnish
  • 2 Wood Screws per Handle (Length will depend on the depth of your door and handle. It will need to go through the door then halfway through the handle.)
  • Drill and Drill Bit (Slightly smaller than the thickness of your screw.)
  • Screwdriver or Screwdriver Drill Bit
  • Scrap Piece of Wood 1/2 inch to 1 inch (2.5cm) Thick

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Time needed: 1 hour.

How to Make Doorhandles from Scrap Materials

  1. Protect Yourself

    Firstly, always make sure you wear protective gloves and eyewear when using a drop saw.  Don’t forget to clamp small pieces as they can flip out of your grasp then hit you or anyone else nearby.

  2. Clamp and Cut

    Draw a line 1inch (2.5cm) wide or divided your wood into equal parts. Clamp the piece to the saw making sure the blade won’t hit the clamp then drop the saw blade straight down the line.

    Cutting wood lengthways with a drop saw.

  3. Draw the Next Line and Cut

    Next draw another line the same thickness as before, clamp then drop the saw straight down the line again.

  4. Measure and Cut the Length

    Now measure 5inches (12.5cm) or the desired length. Cut straight down this line and you now have three handles.

    Cutting wood across with a drop saw.

  5. Sand

    Sand the handles smooth. Use coarse sandpaper first then switch to a finer grain.

    Sand the door handles smooth.

  6. Paint or Stain

    Next paint or stain and varnish the handles before attaching to the door. As I hadn’t yet stained the door, I attached them first then stained everything at once, but if you plan on changing the handles at some point this wouldn’t be a good idea.

  7. Attach to the Door

    To attach to the door, first position the handle then predrill a hole through the backside of the door then part way into the top half of the handle. Screw in the first screw attaching the handle to the door.
    Ensuring the handle is straight, drill a second hole from the back of the door through to the handle. Make sure you don’t go all the way through the handle, then screw.

    Door handles attached to the door.

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