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Drawer and Door pulls ideas

Anticipating completion of doors and drawers, it's time to be choosing the hardware pulls. These should be of high
quality - preferably solid brass - to complement the quality of the woods and construction. I went to Hundley Hardware of San Francisco ( http://www.hundleyhardware.com/full.html) which has one of the most extensive collections of pulls in the country
I tried to match the pulls used on the Biedermeier piece that we are using as design inspiration. While there was no one pull exactly like the Biedermeier's there are a variety of beautiful, solid brass pulls in the style. The next 7 pictures of the ones I found most appropriate

pulls sample 1

Pulls sample 1. All solid brass. size of 10206.09 in upper right corner is about 1/25" in diameter
Can be ordered in bright brass. Takes about 3 weeks to deliver. Made in Italy. All roughly in the $25/pull range

pulls sample 2

Pulls sample 2. Look at round one (86277US3). Handle style - no attached ring. Nice feel. Size -1.25" diameter

pulls sample 3

Pulls sample 3. Look at round ones. Handle style - attached ring. Nice feel. Size -1.25" to 1.5" diameter

pulls sample 4

Pulls sample 4. Starburst pattern with attached ring. Can be ordered in bright brass finish (though not solid brass). Nice feel. Size -1.25" to 1.5" diameter

pulls sample 5

Pulls sample 5. Look at the simple loop in middle (1773). Nice look and feel. Size -1.5" diameter

pulls sample 6

Pulls sample 6. Ring style types are left of pencil. Solid handles are just under pencil. Size -1.25" to 1.5" diameter

pulls sample 7

Pulls sample 7. Look at the ring style types just under pencil. Size - approx 2" length

example solid brass pull 96Ksl2p from www.whitechapel-ltd.com

example solid brass pull 96Ksl2p from www.whitechapel-ltd.com

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example solid brass pulls from designersbrass.com

example solid brass pulls hundley example solid brass back places hundley

example solid brass pulls and back places from hundleyhardware.com

Walnut finishes - to stain or not stain, that is the question. Answer: stain to sample 18 below

July 2011 - decision made. We need to determine the stain color, if any, for the sideboard. Reason is that the partially built unit will now be disassembled and the interior completely finished before permanent assembly.

While building previous furniture pieces in walnut, I created a variety of samples of walnut natural and with various stains. All pieces are finished in a sequence of shellac, followed by 3 or 4 coats of high quality varnish, all hand sanded with increasingly fine grits to 600 grit. Half of each sample is finished in spar varnish, the other half in gloss varnish.  Then all surfaces are polished with pumice and rottenstone.

First shown are three strips of walnut samples. Each sample is approximately 4 inches square (long strips appear smaller just to get in same picture.

three walnut sample strips

Next are samples that seem to be the most pleasing in good light

unstained walnut

Walnut - natural, no stain. Finished with 5 hand-rubbed coats of shellac and varnish

sample 10

Walnut - sample 10. Mohawk UltraPenetrating Stain – Light Walnut M520-2066 – cut to 400% with accohol. Painted on and left for 1 minute then blotted. Finished with 5 hand-rubbed coats of shellac and varnish

sample 11

Walnut - sample 11. Mohawk UltraPenetrating Stain – Light Walnut M520-2066 – cut to 200% with accohol. Painted on and left for 1 minute then blotted Finished with 5 hand-rubbed coats of shellac and varnish

sample 12

Walnut - sample 12. Behlen analine stains. 1 pt brown, 1 pt yellow, 1 pt red (new) – cut to 400%. Left on 1 minute then wiped. Finished with 5 hand-rubbed coats of shellac and varnish

sample 13

Walnut - sample 13. 1 pt red, 1 pt yellow – cut to 200% . Left on 1 minute then wiped. Finished with 5 hand-rubbed coats of shellac and varnish

sample 14

Walnut - Natural, no stain  (Control sample). Finished with 5 hand-rubbed coats of shellac and varnish

sample 15

Walnut - sample 15. 1 pt red, 1 pt yellow – cut to 400%. Left on 1 minute then wiped. Finished with 5 hand-rubbed coats of shellac and varnish

sample 16

Walnut - sample 16. 1 pt red, 2 pts yellow – cut to 400%. Left on 1 minute then wiped. Finished with 5 hand-rubbed coats of shellac and varnish

sample 17

Walnut - sample 17. 1 pt orange from 1992, 1 pt Liberon Walnut – cut to 400%. Left on 1 minute then wiped. Finished with 5 hand-rubbed coats of shellac and varnish

sample 18

Walnut - sample 18. “11/92 CC1” stain from china cabinet build – cut to 400%. Left on 1 minute then wiped. Finished with 5 hand-rubbed coats of shellac and varnish

sample 19

Walnut - sample 19. 1 pt Behlen Red/Orange – cut to 400%. Left on 1 minute then wiped. Finished with 5 hand-rubbed coats of
shellac and varnish. This looks very good in natural light - gives the walnut a warmer tone without being artificial.
Chosen for other furniture pieces.

sample 20

Walnut - sample 20. 1 pt Liberon yellow – cut to 400%. Left on 1 minute then wiped. Finished with 5 hand-rubbed coats of shellac and varnish

sample 21

Walnut - sample 21. 2 pt brown, 1pt red, 1 pt yellow – cut to 400%. Left on 1 minute then wiped. Finished with 5 hand-rubbed coats of shellac and varnish

Variations on feet design

4 feet each taper from 2 1/2 to 1 1/2

Client selection: 4 feet each tapering from 2 1/2 inches top to 1 1/2 inches bottom

4 feet each taper from 2 1/2 to 1 1/2

Variation: 6 feet each tapering from 2 1/2 inches top to 1 1/2 inches bottom

4 feet each taper from 2 1/2 to 1 1/2

Variation: 4 feet each tapering from 3 1/2 inches top to 2 1/2 inches bottom

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