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Project by BusterB posted 546 days ago 3500 views 3 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I built the flip-top cart, I used wingnuts on the table locks. They worked ok but a tad bit tough to grip so decided to make some knobs to replace them with. Serge posted some shop made knobs he made that I really liked so I decided that was the way to go. My OCD often battles my ADD so I have found its best to locate materials and have it laid out when starting a project like this. Went to my hardware stash and of course Murphys Law kicked in…no T nuts the right size and not enough hex nuts the right size for the I-bolts I had used. Well a smart fellow would hop in car and run to local hardware…right? Well never been accused of that particular trait…lol The more I looked at the wingnuts, the more I became convinced I could use them instead. Heck, I can always make some of those Serge designed knobs later if they dont work. Ok, used some 2×2 PT stock, drilled holes to accomodate the bolts then used a 1/2” spade bit to countersink for body of wingnut. Used a smaller bit to countersink slots the wings. Cleaned up with a chisel then off to sander for a little shaping. Shaping wasnt neccesary but the OCD was driving by now. Tapped the wingnuts into the slots and a (oh my, say it aint so) couple of drops of locktite to hold them in place. The locktite wasnt really a have too neither since they were nice and snug in their new home. May not be as pretty as store bought ones and a danged sight short of those gems of Serges, but they work well so may just keep them. Noticed I was off center a tad on a couple of them, have had a long talk with Barney the shop dog who is charge of quality control. he has promised to do better next time.
Thanks for looking

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 546 days ago

This is a case of function being more important than beauty.

Looks good to me!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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BusterB

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#2 posted 546 days ago

Thanks Monte… was not a bad way to spend 25 or 30 minutes. Been working on a tablesaw stand and was looking for an excuse to leave it alone for a while….lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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DIYaholic

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#3 posted 546 days ago

They look great, from here in Vermont!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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BusterB

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#4 posted 546 days ago

Hey randy, you are not wearing your drinking glasses again are you??? lol
Thanks bud…distance was my ally this time….lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Jamie Speirs

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#5 posted 546 days ago

Great thinking Buster, I will be using that idea

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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BusterB

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#6 posted 546 days ago

Thanks Jamie….that means alot coming from the premier scottish woodworking guru.
You get those cradles finished yet bud?

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Todd Barrone

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#7 posted 546 days ago

I really like those, good job.

-- "Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway" John Wayne https://www.facebook.com/BarroneContracting

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BusterB

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#8 posted 546 days ago

Thanks Todd….Built anything using that super sweet bandsaw yet??? I got an old 16” HF I will trade ya…might even throw in a set of wingnuts….lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Jamie Speirs

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#9 posted 546 days ago

Buster one was finished then the changed their mind and now want it on a stand
The other grandmother got to hear this and complained to Gordon my right hand
that Pops grandchild was get better than his, you get the picture. Family. Who would
work for them. LoL
Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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luv2learn

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#10 posted 546 days ago

That will work. Saves getting cramped fingers tightening and untighting wing nuts :)

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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BusterB

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#11 posted 546 days ago

LOL…Ahhh family thats something thats the same regardless where one finds themselves on this little planet Jamie. Have some would probably swap with you bud….a few from my wifes side but mostly from mine…LOL

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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BusterB

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#12 posted 546 days ago

Thanks luv2learn…. I am sort of a wimp when handling rough lumber and tend to wear gloves when I can…this makes it a whole bunch easier to grab “aholt” of those lil buggers…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Jamie Speirs

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#13 posted 546 days ago

Buster when the Grannies get bickering, I sit back have a cuppa
and say nothing. You live longer that way. :)

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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BusterB

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#14 posted 546 days ago

Good point Jamie….When the hen fighting starts, I hightail it to the basement….lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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whitebeast88

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#15 posted 546 days ago

great looking knobs buster!!!

did you give barney one more chance at his job?

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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