How to Shape the Finger Pull

In this video, I will show you how to shape the finger pull to remove the lid of the box however this stage is largely up to you. If you would prefer to put a handle on the top of the box instead of following the steps detailed in this video, please feel free!

This lessons objectives:

  • Different methods to shape the pull
  • How to shape a consistent radius
  • How to refine edges without rounding
  • Which sandpaper grits to use and how to use them

While it's very easy to rough out the finger pull, its the refinement that is the incredibly difficult bit. Without taking care at this stage, you will round off the corners of the cut out and it will loose its refined and crisp look. It relies on carefully following lines, slow and deliberate strokes with sandpaper, and a close attention to detail.

I used the coarse microplane rasp to rough out the finger pull which is an incredibly useful and versatile tool for many jobs. It not only offers coarse and fine options, but also comes in different profiles. All of which can be snapped in and out of one handle.

Side note: they also perform exceptionally well at grating cheese!

A Round Microplane Rasp

Have you got the plans yet?

Package includes working drawings, a cutting list, and a 3d SketchUp model!

The Student Series

Want to see another beginner make this project before you? It's a great way to scope out any mistakes before you make one yourself!

Overview – 2:30

Comparison with Matt's finger pull – 3:08

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