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Blog entry by Roger posted 1144 days ago 4727 reads 19 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Toilet bolts (1/4” & 5/16”), T-Nuts, scrap wood wheels cut with circle cutter on a bandsaw, caps off of Ocean Spray Juice jugs, and a bit o hot glue, oh, and I use a 1/2” picture hanger router bit to cut the slots for the toilet bolts, (have to hit em on the grinder for just a bit to fit), and voila…... way affordable knobs for jigs, etc…

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#1 posted 1144 days ago

Cool Ideas


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#2 posted 1144 days ago

Great idea!
I have been using these bolts already, but your method of making the knobs is much better than mine. If you don’t mind I think I will copy this. Thanks for posting.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#3 posted 1144 days ago

thnx. and go right on ahead woody57 and anyone else. ya just gotta drink a lotta juice! :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#4 posted 1144 days ago

clever idea Roger. thanks

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#5 posted 1144 days ago

Eureka moment for me! This is one of those posts that make LJ’s such a valuable experience for me. Your solutions is elegant, straight forward and one of those ‘How come I wasn’t smart enough to think of that’ situation. Thank you very much for posting this! A valuable contribution in my book.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#6 posted 1143 days ago

Great idea. Sure beats paying the kind of prices places like Woodcraft and Rockler are asking for. Thanks for the post.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#7 posted 1143 days ago

Thanks for the tip – great idea!

-- 4thumbs in MO

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#8 posted 1143 days ago

Hey Roger,

I used to make mine with epoxy glue. Hot glue is much cheaper, readily available and easier to use! Great.

Thanks for sharing.

By the way, I would set the T-nut under the cap though.



PS: If one acts as a poor, without being poor, will never be poor.

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#9 posted 1143 days ago

I use toilet bolts all the time.

Contractor 10 packs at the Borg.

Great ideas.

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#10 posted 1143 days ago

Really cool idea with the caps on, this makes them more pro, but I agree with Serge, they would probaly look better on the outside.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#11 posted 1143 days ago

Serge and Mads; they would look better if the t-nuts were inside the cap, but, I was afraid they would come loose from the cap. placing them on the outside, they will tighten against themselves without having to worry about them loosening. maybe epoxy would be a better choice than hot-glue for placing them under the cap.
thnx for the input. I appreciate it

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#12 posted 974 days ago

Roger, I have taken a leaf out of your book and made a few of these knobs. Just 15 cents for a T-Nut and a bit of effort sure beats the $2 or $3 price tag for a bought one. Thanks for the heads up.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 973 days ago

you’re welcome Grumpy. this is just one small way to recycle a bit of scraps, and put them to good use

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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