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Replacement Turned Knobs

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Project by rance posted 09-30-2013 03:50 AM 739 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got a request the other day to turn a couple of knobs. One turned out to be a little interesting. Woodbutcher3 actually called me to see if I wanted this work. I told him Sure.

After receiving the samples to be duplicated, closer inspection revealed these were face turnings, not spindle turnings. I shouldn’t have been surprised. I’m now guessing that a lot of knobs are face turnings so you can see the face grain rather than end grain. This just meant a different(albeit slower) style of cutting on the lathe.

The one was rather tiny, as knobs go. I saved it for last. I turned the first one with plans to just spindle sand the scallops. After about 5 seconds of attempting that, I switched to cutting them out like Woodbutcher3 had originally suggested they be done. I fashioned a scrap block to hold it & index it and it went very smoothly with the drill press. Taking the plunge very slowly so it would not catch. I’m very pleased with the results.

I’ll say it again(in case you’ve never heard me say it before), duplicting a shape on the lathe is STILL not that easy for me. It took me over 3 hours to turn & finish both of these. Not speedy, but successful. Oh, and I used Cocobolo on both of these with just a little touch of brown dye to better match the originals. I have NO idea what these go to. I hope the client is happy.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 09-30-2013 03:55 AM

Really well done sir

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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rance

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#2 posted 09-30-2013 04:17 AM

Thank you Monte. And goodnight sir.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 09-30-2013 05:58 AM

You did a GREAT job getting that done…!!

I can see how it would be very touchy and sensitive… demanding very SHARP tools all of the time.

You did GOOD!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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andy_P

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#4 posted 09-30-2013 06:28 AM

Great Job, Rance…...naturally.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#5 posted 09-30-2013 12:24 PM

Wow! Very cool knobs!!
..............Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Belg1960

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#6 posted 09-30-2013 03:25 PM

Rance, if I were the customer I would be very happy. Nice job, could you elaborate a little on how you did the work on the drillpress? Thanks Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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peteg

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#7 posted 09-30-2013 10:22 PM

Don’t think there will be any complaints with these Rance, lovely timber & finish, very nice
Pete

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

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Rick M.

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#8 posted 10-01-2013 08:18 PM

They turned out great. I am curious to see your drilling jig.

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rance

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#9 posted 10-02-2013 05:43 AM

Thanks again guys. I’ll put together a SU of how I cut the scallops. It may take me a few days but I’ll get it posted.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Fishinbo

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#10 posted 10-02-2013 04:34 PM

Lovely turned knobs! Great shape and great job matching the color with the original. I’m sure the client is happy.

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#11 posted 10-03-2013 11:27 PM

A fine, fine turnings job. Nicely done

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rance

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#12 posted 10-04-2013 04:21 PM

Thanks again. Pat, Rick, here’s a SketchUp that shows the process:

Step 1 – Turn the basic round knob.

Step 2 – Screw the knob down securely to a translucent blue piece of scrap wood.

Step 3 – Very slowly and carefully drill down one side, removing that scallop.

Then its just a matter of rotating the knob 90 degrees and repeating the drilling. And there’s nothing to keep you from making 3, or 5, or 6 scallops for amazingly different looks.

If this were a spindle turning(grain running parallel to the screw), then you would have the option of doing the drilling BEFORE you turned the knob with reasonably successful results.

Hope this helps.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Rick M.

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#13 posted 10-04-2013 07:26 PM

Yes, very helpful, thanks.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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Belg1960

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#14 posted 10-04-2013 09:28 PM

Rance thanks for putting this together. I wonder do you think its necessary to put a stop at each point so the knob can’t turn on the screw while driling?

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#15 posted 10-04-2013 09:45 PM

Knobs are always fun to make. Not always easy, but fun. Well done.

Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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