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lilredweldingrod

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10-14-2011 07:30 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tip shop knobs

I recently saw this some where.It may have been here on LJ’s. But I thought it was a grand idea, especially when I found that I had no 1/4 20 knobs for a jig I am making.

Rather than wait a week to ten days on the pony express, I asked my wife to keep an eye out for golf balls when she was checking out the thrift stores.

All you need is the golf balls and what ever size inserts you are using for your carriage bolts or t-bolts. Drill the hole almost all the way through, install the insert and presto you are in business. I did find that on a couple of the balls, I had to glue the inserts in with Gorilla glue. They are made different inside I guess, but as cheap as the golf balls are, who cares.

The dimples give excellent grip and I think they are neat too.


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#1 posted 10-14-2011 12:12 PM

after years of scratching my head

this will sure help
for jigs and fences

thanks rand
another step in evolution

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 10-14-2011 12:33 PM

:-) nice idea Rand

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#3 posted 10-14-2011 01:15 PM

That is a great idea, enlighten me though, are you talking about threaded inserts for ply? The ones I have are 1/2” . Are these big enough?

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#4 posted 10-14-2011 03:08 PM

Great idea!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 10-14-2011 03:29 PM

nice idea,
still need to wait for the pony express for inserts though ;)

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#6 posted 10-14-2011 03:52 PM

Great idea, I stocked up on various length and threads of inserts before I retired from Fasteners, and have
extra golf balls picked up while hiking (yes I know I am a packrat), so this idea is perfect for me, and I just
happen to need a few jigs. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 10-14-2011 04:34 PM

I like this it makes working my jigs fast and better on the hands

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#8 posted 10-14-2011 05:13 PM

Hey Rand, you are on a roll. Nice idea.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 10-14-2011 06:33 PM

Rand, Good idea!

Have any trouble drilling it?
What kind of bit did you use?

Nice!

Thank you.

-- 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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#10 posted 10-14-2011 06:58 PM

@ nailbanger2, yes. I use the ones McFeely’s sells, but some golf balls hold tight while others need Gorilla glue to keep them in when you loosen then to make an adjustment.

@ Joe, They are easy to drill. Just drill a 3/4 hole with a spade bit about 3/8 deep, center the board under the drill, pop in a ball and use whatever size bit your insert calls for and drill away. You need to drill almost all the way through to allow the extra threads on the bolt some where to go.

@ purplev, Don’t all woodworkers keep inserts in the shop? lol

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lilredweldingrod

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#11 posted 10-14-2011 07:00 PM

This is a $3.00 package of golf balls from the thrift store. I just may have a life time supply. lol

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#12 posted 10-14-2011 07:03 PM

If you or your neighbour is throwing out any old pre fab computer desks or furniture check for the threaded inserts that they use in them . i picked up 44 inserts in one desk . Most are 1/4×20 but some times metric .
pick them up at home depot or lowes if you have no luck dumpster diving.
Andysden

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#13 posted 10-14-2011 07:03 PM

Ooh ! Ridgid orange, too !

Great idea. Wish they were a little larger, though.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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lilredweldingrod

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#14 posted 10-14-2011 07:09 PM

@andysden, Great idea, I have an old IKEA computer desk in the burn pile. I better go check it out.

@ David, I have fairly large hands and arthritis as well, and I have no problem turning these tight. I think it is the rubber or whatever the outer layer is and the dimples that give you great gripping power on them.
Of course,if you have hands like King Kong, then we have a whole new area to investigate. lol

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#15 posted 10-14-2011 07:43 PM

Very good idea, Rand. They’re not all that bad looking either.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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