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#1 posted 06-04-2007 01:38 AM

There’s a great section in, “The Ultimate Jigs and Fixtures Handbook” by August Home Publications. It shows how to make your own fixtures using standard hardware. Here are a couple that I have used over and over.

1.) Star Knob: See the picture. Take some scrap hardwood to the drill press and cut the 8 outer holes all the way through. This leaves the star profile. I use a jigsaw to cut the knob from the waste. Cut a small hole in the center the size of whatever T-nuts you have. I use epoxy to make the T-nut stand up to abuse. You should soften all the edges for comfort. You can now thread a carriage bolt (or any bolt really) to use in T-track.
Star Knob

2.) Wing Nut: This requires one T-nut. The top half of the picture is the overhead layout and the bottom part is the profile. Cut the overhead shape from 3/4" stock. Now make the profile cut on the stock you just cut. Drill a hole for T-nut. Voila!
Wing Nut

I make many of these out of the small cutoffs from various projects. It looks good to use scrap from expensive hardwood that is otherwise useless. Just keep some T-nuts on hand and you'll always be ready to go!

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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