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This is a small one, but I really liked how it turned out. I got a Stanley no 3 for cheap from an estate sale. It was missing the cap iron and front knob. I told myself if I managed to make a decent knob I would permit myself a hock blade and cap iron (which I got!).

I don't have a lathe so made the knob using a modified version of Paul Sellers method. First I made the best cylinder I could with a plane. Then, whereas Paul makes 2 cuts to define the 'neck' of the knob, I drew the knob in Sketchup and measured the desired depth of cut every 1/8 inch. I marked 20 cuts along the 2 1/2 inch height.

Instead of marking the depth on the saw and sawing around, I instead clamped a Japanese ryoba saw in my vise with the crosscut teeth up. Then I carefully adjusted the height of the teeth protruding above the bench top and just rolled the cylinder over the teeth until I bottomed out against the bench surface. I actually didn't do this on all 20 marks since I wasn't sure I could get an accurate depth on some of the shallower ones.

Then I knocked out the waste with a chisel which gave me the rough overall shape I wanted. Then I used a rasp and files to smooth out the jagged profile. I sanded by hand for a bit, but then rigged up a sort of sanding lathe on my drill press and sanded up to 400. I finished with Danish oil, shellac and paste wax, buffing all along with steel wool. The wood is crepe myrtle that I saved when cutting back the landscaping in my front yard. It has a nice shimmery quality. The knob doesn't match the tote, but I don't mind.

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I agree, without a lathe that turned out exceptionally good.
 

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Very nicely done without a lathe, well done.
 

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It looks great. Congratulations on finishing it without a lathe. You did a great job.
 

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Very impressive given the tools you used. The sawing technique was very clever.
 

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Great improvisation! Using the vice as a depth stop for the saw is absolutely inspired!
 

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Wow! That's some great result from serious effort!
 
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