ROPE HANDLES - tutorial

Time for the tutorial on the big nautical rope handles
I used on my beach dresser. They work really well
on these drawers and look incredible. It took some
time to find the rope I wanted to use but in the end
I nailed it.

My rope handles are made with a large brown rope I found at Michael's craft store. It is soft and nice
 to handles. I bought EYE SCREWS from Home Depot to attached the knotted rope to the drawers. 

I could have use EYE SCREWS or EYE BOLTS but the bolts were too long for these drawers.
When shopping for your supplies remember your "EYE" must be big enough for your rope to fit through.


EYE SCREWS actually screw into wood and hold tight.
EYE BOLTS fit into a predrilled hole and is held by a nut on the opposite side.

First thing I did was to measure how much rope I would need.
I tied a knot in one end to see how much length would be required for each knot,
that's when I realized I had to go back to Michaels for more rope. The knots use a lot.

After one more trip to the store I had enough rope for my project.

#1   Tie one end of the rope through an EYE SCREW and tighten it. 
#2  Now screw that EYE with the knot into the front of the dresser.  

#3   Take the second EYE and screw it into the drawer front on the other side.
#4  Now thread your rope into that second eye and tie the next knot and tighten it.

#5  The last step of making each handles is to cut the rope and flare the ends.

If I were to use EYE BOLTS I could tie the rope to both bolts and then insert them into the drawer at 
the same time. This is easier but most of the time the bolts are too long and must be cut.

Hope that takes some of the mystery out of how you can DIY your own nautical rope handles.


Have you stopped into firstfinds hardware store lately?
Here are just some of the items available for your projects.


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