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Back-lit Gear shift knob made out of wood.

Material needed are very cheap but result is one sweet piece of wood work.

I build it with basics tools.

Feel free to ask your Questions or to give any thoughts  positive or negative.

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Step 1:


Materials and Tools:


Tools you will need:
1. drill
2. different types of saw (for wood and metal)
3. surgical knife
4. soldering iron (and tin)
5. die cutting tool
6. sheets of sandpaper with different grits.
7. Glass cutter

Materials you will need:
1. piece of ash wood (dried)
2. piece of aluminum and plastic plate  (color of your choice)
3. metal tube inner bore should match the outer diameter of gear shifting handle
4. small pieces of conductive metal for connectors 
5. some plastic piece (fire resistant) similar to shape of plastic bottle cap for light bulb socket
6. sort of cable or wire
7. small piece of glass
8. some metal paint and wood paint (color of your choice)
9. matching nut for metal pipe
10. sort of light bulb.




Step 2:


Cut piece of ash roughly with saw. Use your imagination for the design. Measurement should be according to drivers hand. I cut it like in the picture.

Step 3:


Use saw and sheets of sandpaper with different grits to sand down wood to desired measurement and shape. As you come closer to your shape use finer sandpaper but let the polishing one for later.

Step 4:



Use your drill and surgical knife to cut the following shape in wood. First mark straight edges and  90° angles with surgical knife (cut them in wood|) than take down wood with drill and use sandpaper to straighten the wood. The most important thing in this step is to make  90° angles and straight edges true as much as possible since that the only thing that would be visible . It's also the hardest because making round edges in wood it's much easier than straight and 90° angles.Make depth according to the thickness of combined aluminum, plastic and glass piece.

Step 5:


Next drill one big  and one small hole. The small one is for cable. The big one should be close to the outer bore of the metal pipe. Then use drill, knife and sandpaper to give the wood shape as in the picture.

Step 6:


From some sort of round hard plastic piece make light-bulb socket by drilling a hole just big so the upper body of a light-bulb can go through . Cut and attache with glue two metal pieces for connectors to the plastic piece and solder cables to the connectors . The light-bulb that I used was for car dashboards. It fits good and can be changed if needed from the bottom of the gear shift knob. You can see in the picture the cable going through the smaller hole and exiting in the bottom. In the picture is also a light-bulb similar to  one that I used.

Step 7:


From the piece of aluminum cut plate to right size so it can fit in gear knob. Do the same for the plastic  and glass piece . Next cut the Roman numerals using saw. Be patient and precise so you don't make mistake.

I used modeling saw (very thin sheets) similar to the one in the picture:
Aluminum is soft and not easy to cut straight. Mark numerals with pen-marker, drill small hole to each number as a starting point and insert saw sheet into hole. Work your way slow. And you can use sandpaper with finer grits to straighten edges along the numbers. Alone sandpaper in this case is not a tool but glue it to some small thin straight plate(it should be narrow enough but not to much ) that is rigid and that you can insert between number lines and work your way.


When done cutting paint the aluminum plate in color you like. Let it dry.

Step 8:


When you are sure that everything fits just right you are ready for the finest sandpaper grits. Polish your gear knob. It should be very smooth. Next paint it and let it dry. It's walnut color.

Step 9:


When everything is dry:

1. insert light-bulb into the socket (it can be also done from blow the gear shift knob if socket inserted first) 
2. insert light-bulb socket and glue it to the wood
3. glue the plastic piece to the wood (blue piece in my pictures)
4. glue the aluminum plate to plastic piece
5. and at the end glue the glass piece to only wood at the edges so no glue can be seen.


Step 10:


On metal pipe make inner threads with die tool.  After that make outer threads on the gear shift handle that match the one in pipe(if gear shift handle had it's original threads than pipe should be done for that threads). Next just screw up first the nut to the gear shift handle than gear shift knob. When you get to the point it feels firmly clamped center the gear knob and tighten the nut. Next you should connect the cable from gear shift knob to fuse that supply the position car lights with power. So when you switch on your car lights the gear shift knob light should also turn on. You are done. If any one have any question feel free to ask.

Sorry for bad English

Best regards to all
Nice! <br>
Thanks for your comment, glad you like it. <br> <br>If you express your creativity and build your version please share I would very much like to see end result. <br>Best regards
This turned out to be really cool.<br>I carved a knob in high school (not backlit) and I found that a belt sander can really speed the job up, and makes it really easy to tweak the curves, or angles. <br>Very well done!
<br>Thanks for you comment. Using tool if far better if you have them or have access to them. Maybe you can post a link to a photo of your work.<br><br>Best regards
Could you post a link to where you bought the light and socket or give any more info on it please?
I'm very, sorry for the delay. I was just extremely busy.<br><br>The store where I bought light and the socket doesn't have a link. It's a standard light for car dash board 12v and 1-2w. You get light and socket in one package.<br> I didn't use that socket but made it my self. You could use the one you are going to by but plan ahead with measurement ( I didn't and had to make one ). <br><br>If this doesn't help please feel free to ask further questions.
Polish your knob haha
how did you cut the numbers into the aluminum?
I used modeling saw (very thin sheets) similar tho this one:<br>http://www.hobbymail.it/index.php?main_page=product_info&amp;products_id=327<br><br>Aluminum is soft and not easy to cut straight. Mark numerals with pen-marker, drill small hole to each number as a starting point and insert saw sheet into hole. Work your way slow. And you can use sandpaper with finer grits to straighten edges along the numbers. Alone sandpaper in this case is not a tool but glue it to some small thin straight plate(it should be narrow enough but not to much ) that is rigid and that you can insert between number lines and work your way. <br><br>Hope this helps if not feel free to ask any further questions.<br>
Very nice. It might be easier to drill the holes at the beginning, while the block of wood is square.<br>
You can do it in that way to but I think it's easier to make everything more symmetrical if you give it a shape first than drill the holes. I used only basic tools but with more complex tools that would be the wright way. It can be done but you will need to be more precise in further work. Drilling a holes isn't hard use clamp or just hands (that's how I done it) if you have some experience.<br><br>Thanks for commenting and feel free to ask any further questions

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