This is my finished  ball and knob turner. You can make knobs out of any material you want . Brass,plastic,aluminum,steel , wood .This style of turner i can create a ball  up to 1 1/4 inch round.

Step 1: Ball turner base plan

Picture of Ball turner base plan
Here are the plans for the base of the ball turner which goes into the cross slide  of the lathe .
Tomahawk921 year ago
What size lathe is this for? i need one for a 7x 10 lathe
coolbeansbaby68 (author)  Tomahawk921 year ago

This is a 12 x 36 lathe .

vincent75203 years ago
great !!!…
but one question remains to be answered : how did you make the first knob as your tool handle ?
A bit like the chicken and the egg, I must say…

Great job.

Thank you !…
coolbeansbaby68 (author)  vincent75203 years ago
i actually had a knob i just put on there to make the first one . The threads didnt even match....
nice !…
have a good afternoon (or so …in europe it's already 8:30pm)
coolbeansbaby68 (author)  vincent75203 years ago
I build another ball turner which is more like the ones you see online .Which i have to take the compound off .I can send you a link if you like ?

www.redneckgadgets.weebly.com please leave a comment if ya like ..
pfred23 years ago
I started reading the related sidebar and I was like related to outhouses and toilet and camping? Then I made it to survival and I cracked up! I was like yup, I have to agree it'd be tough to survive without balls!
coolbeansbaby68 (author)  pfred23 years ago
sorry i have a paragraph saved so i just copy it and paste it ...
I figured the Instructables robot was on the blink.
heathbar643 years ago
You've got BALLs!!
one of those would make a really sweet shift knob.
I'm thinking I could use this idea with a wood lathe to make wood balls.
coolbeansbaby68 (author)  heathbar643 years ago
It will cut wooden knobs also