Anyone ever turn door knobs?

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Forum topic by chrisstef posted 12-03-2010 09:57 PM 941 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-03-2010 09:57 PM

I have recently just installed some new french doors in the house and the wife and i have been on the search for dummy knobs. Id really like to go with glass knobs for nostalgias sake but they are pretty expensive, especially for 8 of them. So having a woodworking mind, has anyone ever turned their own door knobs?

These will need to be double dummy knobs at the same level on each side. I was thinking that i could use dowel fasteners like for stair ballusters that are threaded on both ends to attach them together through the door.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#1 posted 12-03-2010 10:37 PM

I’ve turned a doorknob. It came out pretty good.

The challenge will be making them consistent. Since I only made one, that was not a challenge for me.

If I were turn more than one I would cut a profile out of some scrap plywood or hardboard and use that to guide me with each one. I don’t think I would hesitate to take on a project of making 8 consistent doorknobs.

You can always try one or two and see how it goes before proceeding.

My procedure – - Start with a block of wood measuring 2” x 2” x 3.5”. Drill a 3/8” hole 3” down through the block of wood. Make this hole as centered and as square as possible (a jig might help). Mount the hole end of the block into a chuck on the lathe. Turn the doorknob. Cut off with a saw. (I used my bandsaw, but any saw will work). Glue dowel into hole. Drill 3/8” hole in door and mount with glue.

I did mine in cocobolo. It is beautiful!

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 12-04-2010 04:44 AM

I like wooden door knobs. I’ve almost always had them on my shops. I even had one on my front door once. This is my front shop door set currently. The chains pull sprung latch bolts top and bottom.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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