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How to Trim the Screw Posts on a Drawer Knob.

I lived 55 years before I found out the easiest, best way to shorten the screw posts when I am replacing the knobs on a piece of furniture. Am I the only one who didn't know about this?
  • how to trim the screw posts on a drawer knob, windows
I always hated the very long posts on new knobs. I would go to the hardware store and search for a replacement piece. Big hassle.
  • how to trim the screw posts on a drawer knob, windows
It's simple. You just get out your wire trimmers. Everyone has wire trimmers. Even when I only had a hammer and screwdriver I had a pair of wire trimmers. But I never knew they had this special function.
  • how to trim the screw posts on a drawer knob, windows
Just find the appropriate hole for the size of the post. Insert the screw post and squeeze. Really hard. IMPORTANT NOTE: The screw should always be inserted at the printed side of the wire cutters. That is opposite of the way this one is inserted.
  • how to trim the screw posts on a drawer knob, windows
Ta Da! A trimmed screw post.
  • how to trim the screw posts on a drawer knob, windows
Much better. Now I won't scrape my hand or arm on it. Note - sometimes the cut looks crooked, but the integrity of the tread is intact. The nut always slips right on!

To see more: http://www.somewhatquirkydesign.com/2014/05/how-to-cut-screw-post-on-new-knobs.html

Got a question about this project?

  • Sue A
    Sue A De Forest, WI

    This is news to me as well!! Thanks for the great tip, @No search results.Somewhat Quirky!

  • Lynn
    Lynn Bullock, NC

    now, if you were to take a file to the end of that bolt, it would be even more safe from scraps on the hand… and remove the larger fragments of metal that may just get imbedded in the skin if it were to be brushed up against while using the inside

    • Bonnie
      Bonnie Lebanon, MO

      @Lynn There is a metal file called a "rasp" for this very job...

  • Bonnie
    Bonnie Eustis, FL

    I can't see what difference it would make as far as bumping it ...when the protruding thing above it sticks out just as far..so now you won't hit the bottom one just the top one??

  • Rita Hlasney
    Rita Hlasney Shell Knob, MO

    Wouldn't a bolt cutter work ?

    • Somewhat Quirky
      Somewhat Quirky Grosse Pointe, MI

      @Allan Purl Thanks for your input Allan. I wondered why sometimes the results were perfect and sometimes not so much. The amazing thing is that this doesn't destroy the thread.

  • Cortney
    Cortney Cumming, GA

    You can screw on an acorn bolt to finish the job.

  • Rita Hlasney
    Rita Hlasney Shell Knob, MO

    Thanks, good to know..

  • Allan Purl
    Allan Purl Winder, GA

    @ Somewhat Quirky The threads DO get damaged when you cut the screw, but when you thread it in from the side opposite the cut so that when you cut the screw, it stays in the cutters, the act of removing the screw brings the damaged threads back

  • Nancy Spencer Carlson

    I knew it, but had plumb forgotten! And thanks to @Allan Purl for the additional info. Ya'll are great!

  • Centrd
    Centrd Oceanside, CA

    wow...I did not know that...thanks so much for sharing!

  • Leida R
    Leida R Tampa, FL

    WOW! Good to know. Thanks!

  • Jo Anne Johns
    Jo Anne Johns Fort Worth, TX

    Aww, heck my cheapy wire cutter does not have this feature, guess I'll have to buy a better one ? But thanks for all the helpful hints ! Heading off to Ace Hardware!!LOL

  • Allan Purl
    Allan Purl Winder, GA

    @ Jo Anne Johns You'll pay around $20 for decent quality wire cutters. They will be able to cut and strip wire ranging in size from 18 to 10 awg ( AWG = American Wire Gauge), cut #6, #8, and #10 screws, and crimp solderless connectors. Some even have

  • Liliana Wells
    Liliana Wells Jackson, GA

    My husband has one of these tools. I never knew what it was for.

  • LaDonna Payne
    LaDonna Payne Lolo, MT

    I never knew that, now I will have to go find a screw and check it out... Thanks

  • Wendy Johnson
    Wendy Johnson Niles, MI

    Very interesting..I have to see if I have one of those. Thanks for all the info

  • Stephanie N
    Stephanie N Buffalo, NY

    I have this tool...and this issue with a screw. Problem solved. Thank you!

  • Kerry Morris

    Wow!! Had no idea. And I think I'm pretty handy. Thank you so much!!

  • Gayl
    Gayl Germantown, TN

    Would putting the nut on, and using a Saws-All to cut the screw work the same way, with no damage to the thread?

  • Mary Libcke
    Mary Libcke Port Charlotte, FL

    Perfect for the jewelry box I'm making! Ty!

  • Nitwit
    Nitwit Mentor, OH

    Thanks. We bought some beautiful glass knobs at TJ Maxx for cheap, but the screws are like 2" long. I was dreading using a hacksaw 12 times.

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