So you've just made this great thing out of beautiful wood, it could be anything: a jig, a solid wood tool, whatever. The last thing you need is to a knob to tighten or hold down some part of your fancy new creation but you don't want to use some cheap looking plastic off the shelf knob. No you want something that looks good and does a good job to. The only problem? You don't have a lot of fancy tools in your workshop.
Never fear all you need to made some truly beautiful solid wood knobs is a drill press and a few inexpensive bits/accessories. It only takes about 15 minutes to make one of these knobs if you make them one at a time. If you are going to be making more than one complete each of these steps for each knob before moving on to the next step. Doing so will save you a lot of time changing back and forth between bits/accessories on your drill press.
Step 1: Tools & Materials
Required Tools - These are the bare minimum tools that you need.
- Drill Press (I would not recommend using a hand drill for this project)
- Hole Saws (Usually sold in a set with several different sizes)
- 3/4" drill bit (Forstner bit recommended)
Optional Tools - These are highly recommended and will make the final product either better or easier to achieve)
- A pattern (Several are provided in this instructable)
- 3/4" Sanding Drum
- Palm Sander, Disc Sander or Belt Sander
- Threaded Insert Tool (or some other reliable way to install Threaded Inserts)
- 3/8" Drill Bit (For drilling hole for threaded inserts)
- 1/8" Drill Bit
- Wood (Scrap wood is fine as long as it is large enough for you to hold safely and comfortably.)
- Super Glue (Optional)
- Stain to match the rest of your project (Optional)
- Lacquer (or some other wood finish) (Optional)