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Project by matt12874 posted 05-17-2013 02:38 PM 2015 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend at work asked me if I could make a gearshift knob for him, after seeing some of the pens I had turned on my lathe. So I decided to try making one for myself first. I was not sure how it was going to turn out? This is the first thing I have turned on the lathe except for pens.

It is cherry in the centre and two ends, maple make up the racing stripes, it is topped off with a piece of camo pen blank. The finish is CA sanded to 12,000 grit then buffed, it ended up like glass!! Which thinking back may not be the best thing for the gears in the transmission?

Thanks for looking!

-- Matt

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#1 posted 05-17-2013 03:10 PM

Very nicely done and looks really cool.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 05-17-2013 04:15 PM

Looks impressive and I must give it a try, how did you put the thread inside, is it an insert or did you just cut/tap a course thread?

Well done and look forward to your reply.


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#3 posted 05-17-2013 05:24 PM

Threading was the hardest part! I threaded it before gluing in the acrylic top (so I could thead through and not a blind thread) The thread was a M12×1.25 so I used a long bolt. I used a small triangular file to cut slots along the length of the bolt to assist with cutting the threads. Then I put the wood in a vise and threaded the cherry with the bolt and a wrench. I used the same bolt to turn it on the lathe, just had to cut off the head!

-- Matt

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#4 posted 05-17-2013 05:32 PM

Looks great

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#5 posted 05-17-2013 05:38 PM

That’s really sharp. We’re doing a lathe demo at our local woodworker’s guild next Tuesday. I have a feeling I’m going to end up wanting a lathe. Financially, I suppose it’s a good thing I don’t have the space. Anyway, really nice work.

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#6 posted 05-17-2013 05:47 PM

Very cool and original. I may have to steal the idea for my own car!

-- Fergie in CO

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#7 posted 05-17-2013 05:56 PM


Thank you for the insight on threading I will give it a try this will look good in the campervan.



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#8 posted 05-18-2013 05:11 AM

Nice idea!

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#9 posted 05-18-2013 05:23 AM

great job

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#10 posted 05-18-2013 06:01 AM

Wooden gear shift knobs are always a touch of class and this one is no exception! Good looking project.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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