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Project by Roger posted 1282 days ago 2819 views 1 time favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I turned this for a good brother of mine.
It is a shift knob for an old tank-shift Harley Davidson
It is Olivewood, from Jeruselum. Finished with Minwax Poly
Thnx for the look and any yea’s or nay’s

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net





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CiscoKid

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#1 posted 1282 days ago

Beautiful suicide shift knob. Tell your brother to ride safe. Two wheels are the only way to ride.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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sedcokid

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#2 posted 1282 days ago

Roger, I bet your brother will have the only one of its kind shift knob!! Nice Job!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

7596 posts in 1554 days


#3 posted 1282 days ago

I love the finish on that Roger. I am not usually one to like a glossy finish, but it does have its place and this is certainly a good example. :) What did you use to apply it? It looks so shiny and perfect! How many coats did you use? Just wondering . . . .

I am sure he will love it!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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TomRash

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#4 posted 1282 days ago

Looks good. How do you attach it to the shifter? Did you use a threaded insert?

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JasonWagner

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#5 posted 1282 days ago

You just made me think…what pieces on my bike could I make from wood? Maybe I can find something that’s not chrome!

Nice project, I’m sure he’ll love it. Thanks for sharing.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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Roger

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#6 posted 1282 days ago

thnx to all.
Cisco: it’s only “suicide” if you don’t have a heal-toe foot clutch & a mouse-trap. I’ve ridden both. I didn’t have a suicide very long. I found a heal-toe w/the mouse-trap at a swap meet…. many, many years ago. I had the shifter (jockey-shift) right off the tranny, instead of the tank. Very very fun to ride too!
Unfortunately, I don’t have that ‘53 Panhead anymore :(

Sheila: I put 5 coats of Minwax Poly and used coffee filters to “sand” in-between coats. (the coffee filters are a little finer than the brown-bag trick). I used some cotton pads (for appying makeup), ... putting them inside a piece of nylons, yes, I said nylons… lol (I was a bit embarrased being in walmarts womens dept, and makeup to buy this stuff !!!! ) hahaha Kinda like a “french-polish” ball. I really like this way of finishing. This works so very well. If you’ve never tried it, when you do, you will want to pretty much throw your brushes away…........ well, don’t do that, cuz you can still use your brushes.. :)

TomRash: I epoxied a nut the same size as the shift rod that it attaches to

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 1282 days ago

Wow, Roger. Thanks for the information on that. I am going to have to try it. I am always looking for better ways to apply finish. I especially like your ‘coffee filter’ trick and will definitely try it. Thanks for a wonderful project and for sharing the information. :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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BigTiny

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#8 posted 1282 days ago

Outta sight, dude! I gotta go over my Goldwing Aspencade to see what parts would look good in wood!

I almost did a set of wooden saddlebags for my old CB-759, but upgraded to the ‘wing before I got around to making them.

We should start a special group for us LJ’s who are also bikers.

Shiny side up, bro! Keep the bugs outta yer teeth and yer right hand cranked!

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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BigTiny

1664 posts in 1523 days


#9 posted 1282 days ago

By the way, I’m also a member of the Southern Cruisers Riding Club and have found a home there just as I have here.

Any of our biking bretheren are welcome to check it out at:

www.southerncruisers.net

and for our Canadian bretheren:

www.southerncruisers.ca

I think you’ll like it.

Paul

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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mtenterprises

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#10 posted 1282 days ago

“We should start a special group for us LJ’s who are also bikers.”
Yea there ya go I’ll join! Got a ‘98 Ural and a ‘89 Kawaski 750 Vulcan.
I could do with some wood on the Ural. Hmmmmm I wonder where to start?

-- See pictures on Flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/44216106@N07/ And visit my Facebook page - facebook.com/MTEnterprises

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#11 posted 1281 days ago

Awesome finish!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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tdv

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#12 posted 1281 days ago

Olive is beautiful in it’s natural state it feels kind of waxy/oily did you clean it with acetone before finishing?
That’s a lovely finish by the way,you can’t beat custom.
Best
Trevor

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

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sras

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#13 posted 1281 days ago

Very nice! I would love to see a pic of this installed – I bet it looks great!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Roger

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#14 posted 1281 days ago

thnx again everyone.
Trevor: no, I didn’t use any acetone before finishing. I did sand this down to 1200… which is, well, you know.
Steve: I am actually going to hand deliver it in the next few weeks. I’m just waiting till they (Ohio) gets rid of some that nasty snow… lol I’ll definately get a pic with it on the motorcycle.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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peteg

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#15 posted 1280 days ago

Missed this one Roger, nice job, I was very interested in your explanation of the finish fasinating stuff. :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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