|Project by Karson||posted 11-04-2010 01:16 AM||3799 views||4 times favorited||19 comments|
Lisa – DustBunny posted some hold down clamp knobs that she made for her Torque machine.
I noted that these would be a great addition to hold down knobs.
I searched around the shop for some larger pieces that might have started out as Pen Blanks. They were Misc species and size.
I chucked them in a lathe and turned them round. I then cut off the pieces for the knobs. So they were different lengths and different sizes around. I was kind of searching what might be the best size.
I chucked the cut blank in the lathe and drilled the holes on the end for the nut. All of mine were metric. I drilled the hole with a Forstner bit about 1/4+” so that the nut was flush with the surface. I then drilled a 5/16” hole a little deeper for the shaft of the bolt.
I epoxied the nut in and put a washer on the end surface and let them dry.
I didn’t need the tap that Lisa used – mine all screwed on fine.
The wood species from left to right
2 – Teak, 3 – Ambrosia Maple, 3 – Hickory, 3 – Osage Orange
I need to make some additional for the rest of the clamps that I’ve got on the jigs in the shop, and also a few for some smaller clamps.
Thanks Lisa for the suggestion.
I might need to revise this revision to the clamps to make a checker size piece on the lower nut to be able to hold it tight while the upper nut is being tightened with the knob.
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