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I have a wood high blanket chest from the early 1800’s.  Question—how do the pull handles fasten inside the drawers?  Each handle has two cotter pins that act as hinges for the pulls then go thru holes in the drawers.  How do I fasten down the long portion of the cotter pins?

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Believe it or not, they just spread; sometimes through a washer or an escutcheon.  I believe Garrett Hack does this for the small drawers inside his small wall-mounted cabinet… Let me see if I can find a link.  Subscription required for the video but, here's a snip.

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Thank you for the info.  Simple enough.  I think I will spread them and then try to find some type of heavy cloth tape to cover the spread ends to protect contents of chest.  Does anyone have any suggestions as to a cloth tape?  I really hate the idea of duct tape.   Thanks 

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I saw on one video or TV show where the guy was installing that type of pull. After sticking the pin through the hole, he bent just the very end over at 90*, then bent the pin halves over & drove them flat. The ends were driven into the wood so there were no exposed ends.

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14 minutes ago, drzaius said:

I saw on one video or TV show where the guy was installing that type of pull. After sticking the pin through the hole, he bent just the very end over at 90*, then bent the pin halves over & drove them flat. The ends were driven into the wood so there were no exposed ends.

+1 Was going to say the same thing. 

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I like Dr Z's suggestion, but if after that you still want to cover over with something try 3M heavy duty packaging tape (3850).  Very durable, stong adhesive, thin , clear and very smooth.  No matter what you use though, I think with use the edges will start to peal back.

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2 hours ago, Randy1944 said:

then try to find some type of heavy cloth tape to cover the spread ends to protect contents of chest.

For a period piece that't almost 200 years old, I'd want to try to remain faithful to the original construction as much as possible. I don't know that tape was used for this way back then.

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1 hour ago, drzaius said:

I saw on one video or TV show where the guy was installing that type of pull. After sticking the pin through the hole, he bent just the very end over at 90*, then bent the pin halves over & drove them flat. The ends were driven into the wood so there were no exposed ends.

Good call.

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I sure appreciate the good information.  I think I will bend the pins as suggested.  I can see how that would have been old way, even though my pins show no signs of being bent.  Thanks again for the help.  No duct tape. Lol.     

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