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Step 3: Drill a Hole in the Blank

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Choose the final orientation for the drawer pulls, and mark the center on the bottom of the piece (Easy to get mixed up!). Use an awl or a sharp screw to start the hole for your drill bit.

Using drill bits that match the diameter of your dowels, drill holes about half way or more into the pulls. Use the largest dowel that will both fit in your drill and in your final pull design. The thinner the dowel, the more likely it will be to break during the next process.

You don't need to use a drill press, but do your best to drill this at 90 degrees to the piece. If the hole ends up crooked, the bottom of your pull will not be flat.