This instructable will show you how to make custom wooden knobs for a fraction of the cost of ugly, plastic store-bought ones. I recently had a need for a few knobs for an adjustable miter fence for my table saw. Rather than buy the plastic ones, I thought I'd make my own - always a better choice!
For each knob, you will need:
- A scrap of wood - preferably a hardwood like maple, oak,
mahogany, cherry, hickory, etc.
- A threaded insert
- A screw that fits the threaded insert (cut the head off
- Sanding/shaping tools like a belt sander, wood rasps,
- A drill press helps, but is not necessary
Step 1: Find a Blank & Lay Out the Shape
The first step is to identify the blank of wood you will be using. Things to take into consideration are aesthetic quality, grain direction, species, or any blemishes you want to either include or avoid. For a really hard hardwood like maple, the grain direction will not be critical - assuming you won't be really reefing on the knob with all your might. For this Instructable, I am using maple.