Wooden knobs.

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Forum topic by pyroboom posted 09-02-2010 03:25 PM 1567 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-02-2010 03:25 PM

I was curious how the companies that make these knobs actually make them. I guessing they have a machine that makes them. I wonder how many they make an hour? I’m partically interested in round wooden knobs that are about 1 1/2” around.

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#1 posted 09-02-2010 04:19 PM

My guess is they use a CNC machine. Accurate, repeatable, fast.

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#2 posted 09-02-2010 07:26 PM

I would have to look but I think ShopNotes has an article on making knobs on the drill press. Will see if I can find it tonight and let you know which one it is.

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#3 posted 09-02-2010 07:37 PM

I saw an installment of Bob Vila’s show where he was at a spindle manufacturer. They had lathes where one long, heavy duty knife with the entire profile on it was fed automatically into the workpiece, and they turned out the whole thing in a couple of seconds. I envision a similar setup where you’d get a long stack of knobs which would then be fed lengthwise into a combination operation where the knob on the end is cut off, then the sander smooths out the top of the next one, then it advances and cuts that one off, etc. Hundreds an hour.

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#4 posted 09-02-2010 10:22 PM

Couldn’t find the article but found the link to the same article for you. Guess I was just looking through the wrong magazine. Any how here’s the link to do it yourself.

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#5 posted 09-02-2010 10:51 PM

its done the same way as they do on a ironlathe
they use a cnc lathe were the round stock is feded thugh that side were the engine
and mainchuck is they can propply make thousends every hour depending on the shape of the knops


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