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There I was working on my table saw sled. I needed some knobs, but had none…so the MacGyver in me said "make some". I pulled out my jig hardware parts and started to figure out what all I would need and how to make the knobs.

They aren't perfectly symmetrical, but they work just fine.

I used some 1/2 inch baltic birch that I had on hand. The only thing I had to buy was some 1/4×20 x 2 inch bolts.

I made a template using Photoshop Elements.

To end up with a compete knob, I had to sorta reverse engineer it. I started by using a 1 inch hole saw to cut out the spacers. I decided to do that first while the plywood was still in a complete piece. Then I used a Forstner bit to create a countersink for the bolt head. Then I drilled out the hand reliefs with a 1 spade bit. Next I cut out the holes with a 2 inch hole saw. Actually, this part of the operation went fairly quick.

I chucked each spacer and then each knob in the drill press using a 1/4 inch bolt that has the head cut off. Each piece got a good sanding.

Then it was just a matter of doing the assembly work. I discovered that my impact driver made it really easy to insert the "t" nuts by simply spinning the bolt to draw down the nut into the spacer.

All four fit perfectly. I am really happy with the outcome. All I need now is a can of professional black spray paint and this is a done deal! :)

Hope you like.
Mike








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Awesome.
 

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Quick and easy, and they provide a great grip that makes them easy to use. Thank you for sharing.
 

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Nice job McGyver!
I'll be needing some for a future project so I'll try this out. Thanks
 

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Great job! Thanks for sharing the process - couldn't have come at a better time for me as my current project needs a couple of knobs and it's a table saw sled.
 

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Good timing - thanks for sharing.
 

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Nicely done Chief.
 

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FAVORITE!
 

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Thanks everyone for your comments. By all means, get to makin em.
 

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Some of my best thinking happens when I reach a convolution that I will figure out how to do something with whatever I have on hand. I really like this kind of work.
 

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Great job.
 

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Hey, those look familiar! Not claiming ownership, but I did the same thing a while back. Didn't post it here, in fact I don't think I had found Lumberjocks when I posted them. Anyway, they work great, and the sizes can be adjusted as needed.

Link to my post at Router Forums.

Go to page 3 of the thread for more layouts…

From another Mikey...
 

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Hey Mike. Great minds think alike, huh? I made my first my first knob (actually a hand wheel) several years ago. No doubt, I had seen the how-to-do-it somewhere on the internet.

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Although I don't ususally say this to guys, nice knobs.
 

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There are a few different versions of these knobs. This one is from the nov 2013 wood magazine…shop tips


I hope it's OK to post this.
I made a few of these. They work well.
 

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Thanks Steve. Those looks similar to the ones I made. Fun to make and work well.
 
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