Hold Down Knobs

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Project by dustbunny posted 10-17-2010 02:09 AM 4069 views 17 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I like wood, as most of us do, and have an opposition to things made from plastic.
So I decided to make my own handle knobs.
I turned six knobs on the lathe for edge holding parts on the Torque table top.
After turning, I drilled out a shallow hole sized to a 1” washer, then drilled a hole the diameter of a 5/16” nut the depth of the nut thickness, and finished by drilling 2” into the center of the knob just over 5/16” to accommodate the length and diameter of the bolt.
Epoxied the nut and washer into their recesses and and clamped.
After the epoxy set I chased the thread of the nut with a tap and ran it all the way up the drilled hole.
That cleaned out the epoxy that had set in the threads and in the hole.
I cut some different length blocks out of maple and walnut and routed slots in them on my Torque.
That was easy !!
They do sit a bit tall, so I will make some shorter and some button type also.
They are made from cocobolo and finished with BLO.
My fingers fit nicely around the two grooves for a good grip. They feel wonderful : )

Thanks for looking, comment and critiques welcome,


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#1 posted 10-17-2010 02:18 AM

they sure are nice lisa

some shorter ones yes is a good idea too

never know what you might need to do

sure am happy for you

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 10-17-2010 02:20 AM

Those have to be about the fanciest knobs i have ever seen!
Not only are they attractive and hand made but they are practical too!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#3 posted 10-17-2010 02:42 AM

My, dem be some fancy knobs. Very nice. I am impressed.

It is handy to make some angle looking hold-downs, instead of the blocks. Kind of like Incra and Rockwell do. But as you have it, the blocks apply nice side pressure.

Your workpiece has a barcode on it :)

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 10-17-2010 02:52 AM

LOL, Steve !

I noticed the bar code when I took the picture.
Needless to say, I have never bought 8/4 anything from the big box stores.
I got this piece of oak from a woodworker friend who passed away
and his wife told me to come and get all the lumber.
A lot of his wood has barcode :)

I am going to do some angle hold down, just not sure with what yet.
Any ideas ?


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#5 posted 10-17-2010 03:40 AM

Of all of us… I think you will have the prettiest and best designed Torque accessories… hand made and all…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 10-17-2010 05:10 AM

Nice looking knobs, and you are right wood does look better than plastic.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#7 posted 10-17-2010 06:30 AM

Nice knobs.

Wait is that a bad thing to say?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 10-17-2010 07:03 AM


Now I have another thing in MY shop that I won’t be able to stand looking at: my knobs ;-)


Are they good and grippy ? I’m thinking about applications (jigs, for example), where you’d need to be able to quickly give them a good twist…..

What’s the application for which YOU made THESE ??

Just beautiful …...

-- -- Neil

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#9 posted 10-17-2010 08:01 AM

great work Lisa :-)

take care

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#10 posted 10-17-2010 08:33 AM

Sorry. READING would have helped. I see what you’re using them for :-)

-- -- Neil

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#11 posted 10-17-2010 10:02 AM

Lisa: Very Nice Indeed! A LOT better than plastic for sure!! I’m really glad they feel comfortable for you to grip! NO wait maybe I should take that out…..NAH I guess it’s okay.

As for a couple of you other guys! .......Get your Mind out of the Gutter!!....... Just so I’ll know how to exit also…LOL…


-- LIFE is what happens when you're planning on doing Other Things!

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#12 posted 10-17-2010 11:44 AM

Wauuu Lisa, they are so cool.
They go directly in my favorites, for another rainy day.
Well made, and so nice.
Best thoughts,

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

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#13 posted 10-17-2010 01:38 PM

Exactly what I need!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 10-17-2010 05:14 PM

Really nice Lisa These should adorn all of our workshops far more in keeping than plastic & begging your pardon but I think you have the nicest knobs on the site (no offence meant)

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#15 posted 10-17-2010 05:48 PM

You sure know how to accessorize! Great addition to your TWC.
You have some of the best looking, well-crafted shop goodies and accessories around.

Don’t mess with Lisa’s knobs… she is perfectly adjusted! ;)

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