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Copper Pipe Drawer Pulls

Transform a piece of outdated furniture with these rugged drawer pulls made from copper pipe and fittings.

Copper drawer pulls

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Drill and 3/8-in bit
  • Screwdrivers
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Tape measure
  • Pipe cutter or hacksaw and file
  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • Acetone (optional)


  • (For one drawer pull)
  • 1/2-in x 10-ft copper pipe, #23817
  • 2 - 1/2-in copper caps, #21728
  • 2 - 1/2-in copper-plated steel split-ring hangers, #301343
  • 2 - 3/8-in x 1-in hex-head bolts

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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Vary the pipe length to suit your drawer width. One 10-foot pipe, for example, can be cut into four 30-inch drawer pulls.

Step 1

If the drawers have existing holes for drawer pulls, use a drill with a 3/8-inch bit to enlarge one on each end. Fill and sand any unneeded holes from the old hardware. If there are no existing holes, drill holes centered on the height of the drawer front and 6 inches from the ends.

Step 2

Bolt the hanger to the drawer face.

Disassemble the split-ring hangers. Using 3/8-inch hex-head bolts, attach the threaded portion of the hanger to the drawer so that it’s vertical. Make the bolts snug but not tight.

Good to Know

If necessary to fit the thickness of the drawer fronts on your project, use a shorter or longer 3/8-inch bolt.

Step 3

Cut the pipe no longer than the width of the drawer. Inside each cap, lightly sand the copper to roughen the surface and then wipe it clean. Then glue and install caps on both ends.

Good to Know

You can remove the printing along the length of the pipe using a rag soaked in acetone. Use breathing protection, gloves, and eye protection while working in a well-ventilated area.

Step 4

Create customized drawer pulls from easy-to-cut copper pipe and fittings. --Lowe’s Creative Ideas

Place the capped pipe against the drawer-mounted half of the hangers and use the screws supplied to loosely attach the other halves of the hangers. Center the pipe between the hangers and tighten the hanger screws. Then tighten the hex bolts inside the drawer. Repeat for the remaining drawers.