How do I get this bail pull back on with no back screw?
I am new to this forum but have been refinishing furniture for a while. This one has me stumped so I am hoping someone knows the answer.
I have a mid-century chest of drawers/desk combination. The top "drawer" isn't really a drawer but a pull out writing desk. The hardware is original, swan neck bail pulls.
I have the pieces to install them BUT there is no back screw on the inside of the top writing desk (see pictures). Instead, you are meant to screw the two rosettes on from the outside. A screw is actually inside the wood, so attaching the rosettes is not a problem.
However, with a bail pull, it's impossible to turn the rosette with the bail in place. If I try to place the bail after screwing in the rosettes, it doesn't work either (too big to fit in). I've tried taking off one rosette and fitting the bail but can't screw the rosette back on then.
I know it must be possible because, as you can see from the pictures, the one pull is on (I bought it that way). I have no idea how they did it.
The drawer front seems to be one solid piece of wood that doesn't come apart at all.
I am at my wits' end with this one. Can anyone please help? Suggestions on how to fix this problem would be greatly appreciated!
Best wishes, Paula