Wooden Knob Templates

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Project by jakeprater posted 02-24-2014 06:27 PM 8832 views 6 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I decided that I needed to make some wooden knobs for my router table (build in progress). The first picture is of my initial results. The four prong knobs came out reasonably well for someone who just eyeballed it, but the five-star knobs….....lets just say that my eyeball calibration is off. I probably should have measured and used dividers and calipers like I see everyone else doing….....

Anyway, since I would like to make more of these, and I’d like my results to be repeatable, I make these simple templates to position my holes for the knob contour. With the template, I just need a 1/4 inch starter hole, then I can hold the template in place with a 1/4” dowel while I use an awl to mark the points of the star. I made these for the size and style of knob I anticipate that I will use, but I added the lines so I can expand it if needed.

These are just paper patterns that I glued to 6mm ply scraps. This literally took 5 minutes, excluding drying time.

-- All this sawdust.......wait........ what happened to my board???

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#1 posted 02-24-2014 08:31 PM

Nice knobs you made but to cut down on frustration think about a drill press index device .
I like making my own jigs because of the satisfaction you get from it and it also saves money .
Looking forward to your router table post .

-- Kiefer

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#2 posted 02-24-2014 08:41 PM

Good idea and these shaped knobs are much easier to turn than the ‘wing nut’ style. IMHO

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 02-24-2014 09:23 PM

Good job.

Those look similar to the ones I made. Same basic idea. I crated the template on the computer, the used the drill press.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#4 posted 02-25-2014 05:06 AM

Kiefer – I saw your indexing jig, and that would definitely be more accurate than what I’m doing, not to mention repeatable. I’ll just have to work out how to hold my know for drilling on the jig – should be fun figuring all that out!

MT – I looked at a lot of these on lumberjocks, including yours, before I bit the bullet and just tried my hand at it. In fact your page is where I got interested in trying out the four prong knobs, rather than the five prong like most people seem to want to use. Someone once told me that “plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery. “

-- All this sawdust.......wait........ what happened to my board???

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#5 posted 03-11-2014 03:39 PM

Good that you made repeatable templates.

I made a similar knob for a project. When the 13yo kid from down the street stopped to look at what I was doing, he was fascinated that I made a knob, he wasn’t impressed with my many man hours project, just the knob!

-- 1st Cor. 15:1-4

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