Using Countersink Tool to Fit Drawer Knobs

After recently moving into my new house I decided to get some new knobs for the bedroom wardrobe and drawers.

When ordering door knobs you are supposed to measure the depth of the door to make sure the screw on the knob will be long enough. I did this for the closet doors, but I ordered a few more as an afterthought for the drawers and forgot to measure them.

When the doorknobs arrived, they fitted perfectly in the closet doors, however the drawers were too thick and the screw on the knob didn’t make it through to the other side, so I couldn’t screw it on with the nut.

I didn’t want to return these ones because I wanted them all to match, and so I was researching how to enlarge holes in wood to see if I could make the hole in the wood bigger to be able to fit the nut to screw it into.

I was researching how to extend a screw that is too short and was contemplating just glueing them in, but fortunately, I spoke to my wise mother who informed me that I should use a countersink tool, and she lent me hers. This is also available as a drill attachment I believe, but I don’t have a drill. It wasn’t too hard to do by hand, and quite a good arm exercise.

So I just wriggled the countersinking tool about, like squeezing a lemon in a lemon juicer, until the hole was wide enough that I could see the screw and pop in the nut.

Literally so simple, but being new to the world of DIY I didn’t even know this existed… apparently the countersink tool is actually used mostly for other stuff, but this was certainly an excellent hack for getting the knobs to fit!

This may seem fairly random, but not everyone is lucky enough to have a mum as cool as mine who knows this useful DIY stuff, and the internet didn’t help me at all when I was looking for advice, so hopefully this will help anyone else who is in the same boat as me!

My lovely new cupboard knobs are from Knobbles and Bobbles, they have such a huge array of lovely doorknobs, really good for upcycling etc. Just remember to measure the width of the wood first!