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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.
 
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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

Materials
- 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)
BillBiker1 year ago
Hi, I do intend to do this project and think it is really awesome and will save me a few dollars for an application I am working on. I do have an unrelated question. Does anyone know how I can make a vise for a drill press or ideas for "clamps?" to hold things steady while usding the drill press instead of risking my fingers? I have a drill press like this one (only using this link as a reference to the size of drill press I have). http://www.instructables.com/id/Drill-Press-Hose-Mount/ .
BillBiker - 

I picked up a used drill press a while ago for $25, but wasn't about to spend that same amount or more for a vise to go with it. So, here's what I came up with:  

I found an 8" long piece of 2" wide scrap angle iron that was 3/16" thick. I drilled two 1/2"  holes in it (using the drill press) that lined up with the slots in drill press table. To drill these holes, I clamped the angle iron directly to the drill press table. It's attached (but completely adjustable) to the drill press table with two pieces of threaded rod, washers, and wing nuts.

I often clamp a scrap piece of wood to this piece to use as a stop, and/or clamp the actual work piece to the angle iron as well. This works well for many applications, and the only cost for me was the hardware.

Hope that helps!
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ardnon seamster10 months ago
woo hoo! instructable within an instructable, definitely will drill some angle iron soon, and maybe make some knobs when i have need
If you want a nice secure hold, try glueing your piece of wood to a larger scrap. Bowl turners like to use superglue for its setup speed and brittle properties but any old glue will do the trick. The only problem is cleaning it off. Cheap water soluble PVA would also be good.

Alternatively if there is space you can use screws or nails in the waste area.
MysticHobo1982 (author)  BillBiker1 year ago
My drill press looks just like the one in the instructable that you linked to and I didn't use a vice or clamps to hold the piece I was working on. To keep my fingers safely away from the high-speed spinning bits I just cut these from a piece of wood large enough that I could hold it safely with my hands.

The only time my fingers were anywhere near something spinning was when I was doing the sanding with the sanding drum which is not terribly dangerous as long as you go slowly and don't press the work piece against the spinning drum.
zclark5210 months ago
the threaded insert is nice but i use t-nuts [chepper ]
RainDog071 year ago
Much nicer than my old "Cut a circle and glue a bolt in the middle" approach to making knobs. I broke a cheap POS plastic knob on a support stand today and will make my first replacement tomorrow. Thanks for the instructable!
nlinventor1 year ago
I like it.
I like the design and I'll follow it.
seamster1 year ago
This is a great method for making precise little knobs! I'm glad you posted it, as I will definitely do this in the future. Thanks a bunch.

I would use a little dab of epoxy rather than super glue though, to withstand the torque that will inevitably be applied to the knobs. (I've never had much luck with superglue when there's any kid of force in play.)

Don't mind my little critique there... this is a well-done and very useful instructable!
profpat1 year ago
this instructable is really for the DIY person like me!! thanks for posting! i like it a lot, and will make a few knobs..
XxZombiexX1 year ago
Very nice instructable and a great idea!

I also have used a roundover bit (different shaping actually, but same idea...) in my press and it does work perfectly well but I can't stress/agree with the danger issue enough. My first attempt was done extremely carefully and I'm lucky I was so cautious as I did not expect the violence of the pull & kickback it can have at high speeds in certain directions. It's nothing remotely similar to how a bit intended for a drill press behaves.

As the author stated, just be careful... 
Not like, "Be careful or you may get a boo-boo"...as in, "Seriously, take every precaution and act slowly & deliberately to keep your fingers".
Bugsley1 year ago
Great for drawers 7 cabinets too,
zyh123981 year ago
very good
pat425862 years ago
Props to you, these are awesome and innovative. I ran my four notch knobs over a small roundover bit so it gave them a softer shape (you're right, it was dangerous and nerve-racking). Just another thing I don't have to leave my garage for, and another thing I can wow people with. Good job.
MysticHobo1982 (author)  pat425862 years ago
I almost didn't even suggest the router/roundover bit because of the danger, but I figured it was better to put it in and add a caution message than to leave it out and have somebody try it and not be careful.

It's nice to know that somebody made an instructable incorporating one of my projects.
I made them and mounted them on a router table I made (I didn't put a finish on, just sanded them), check it out http://www.instructables.com/id/Router-table-for-a-Dremel-Trio/?ALLSTEPS I also cited you and included a link to this page.
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pfred22 years ago
Your knobs look great! I am working on a project now that would benefit from having knobs, but I think I'm just going to use a wrench.
SWV17872 years ago
I think this will come in handy as I am working on building the screw advanced box joint jig from Matthias Wandel's Woodgears.ca website.
Great instructable.

http://woodgears.ca/box_joint/jig.html
MysticHobo1982 (author)  SWV17872 years ago
Thank you for the encouragement.

I'm familiar with that website. I hope that you don't plan to use these in place of the gears because though they have the same basic shape they are not really meant to be gears.

Good luck with building the screw advance box joint jig. His design has a lot of high precision parts. I may tackle it myself some day now that I have a bandsaw in my shop.
Well I have made the gears before for a rope making machine it goes pretty quick on a scroll saw.
And no I was not planning on using the knobs as gears but as the tension bolt knobs to secure the large gear in the gear box.
MysticHobo1982 (author)  SWV17872 years ago
That should look nice. I was recently considering making a rope making machine but I've decided I don't have enough space where I live to make any decent lengths of rope.