Handle openings are good additions to jigs in the shop, as they make it easier to transport and hang on a hook. They’re also useful on trays, totes and stools, plus you don’t have to spend extra money like you would if you added a machined handle or pull.
Here I address one method for doing it that only requires a drill, 1-inch Forstner or spade bit, and a jig saw.
Measure and Mark
Starter holes are the key for this type of handle opening. I use a Forstner bit, but a spade bit will work just as well.
Clearly mark the position of your handle opening. I generally like to make an opening 6 inches long and 1 inch wide, and no closer than 3/4 inch from the edge of the board.
Mark the center point of the starter holes 1 1/4 inch from the edge and 5 inches apart. When the 1-inch hole is drilled, the final spacing will be 6 inches.