Installing Campaign chest hardware – part 4: Setting the large handles into the teak drawers.

In order to install the large-sized handles I had to create a bigger template system that, although shared the same principles with the previous template, had one or two new variants. I made the template frame bigger to allow me to drop it to place in a semi-permanent registration, using embracing blocks. The second variant was the shape of the large casing insert which turned out to be a bit more elaborated. 

1. Here is the template frame. Notice the plywood strips that are clamped to it and embrace the drawer front. This allowed me to repeatedly drop the template in place on identical sized drawers. Once I finished routing the narrow drawers I re-clamped the plywood strips to allow them to fit over wider drawers. The last time I re-adjusted the registration system was for the widest drawers at the bottom of the case. For more details on how I made the template and its insert read my second blog entry on Campaign hardware

2. I placed the casing insert: 

3. I drilled the clearance hole for the router bit, using a Forstner bit.

4. I routed the casing sink. 

5. Then I routed the facade recess. First I placed the spacer shim, then the routing insert. For more details on how I made the template and its inserts read my second blog entry on Campaign hardware

6. The routing process is finished.


7. I squared off (using a wide chisel) the corners of the casing sink, and chiseled two ramps to house the tiny hinge bases of the casing's pull.

8. I placed the handle in its place and traced its contour with a marking knife. After this I removed the excess wood with a bench chisel. 

9.The handle recess is ready…

10. I pressed the handle into place with a clamp.

11. Then I installed the screws.

The handles placement is now complete. Next time I will show how I installed the brass corners.

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Yoav Liberman

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Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.