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Forum topic by Lee Barker posted 12-20-2011 08:35 PM 2354 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Lee Barker

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12-20-2011 08:35 PM

Would you make it out of a tool part?

Would you make it out of wood?

The world is pretty tired of 8 balls and beer tap handles. Is it not about time we raised the bar, set a trend, showed ‘em our stuff?

What’s your idea?

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"


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richgreer

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#1 posted 12-20-2011 08:48 PM

I find myself intrigued by the idea of making a gear shift knob. It’s like a variation on making wine bottle stoppers.

However, I don’t own a vehicle with a true gear shift knob. Borh my car and truck have automatic transmissions. The car has an on the floor gear selector but to replace it I would have to make something that supported the push bottom mechanism at the top. That would add an element of complexity I don’t think I want to get into.

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

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Bertha

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#2 posted 12-20-2011 09:46 PM

Oh man, a nice shiny cocobolo knob would look great on the right car.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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dbhost

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#3 posted 12-20-2011 09:59 PM

Yeah, but wooden shift knobs are anything but new…

My 1976 Toyota Celica I had in college kept blowing out the “leather wrapped” foam blob of a shift knob. I replaced it with a turned Walnut shift knob from Pep Boys…

Now a nice T handle knob with finger grip type grooves would be mighty nice to use…

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hairy

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#4 posted 12-21-2011 12:00 AM

I made a shifter knob out of an a/c compressor piston for a Jeep once. I’ve also used a screwdriver handle. My Harley has 2 shifter knobs, heel and toe, made from pool balls.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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Lee Barker

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#5 posted 12-21-2011 12:01 AM

Rich, there must be something around that could use your touch…

dbhost, I’m well aware about the wood knobs. But custom, with that nifty little stripe of purpleheart, caressed by your own hand over the years? It the stuff of museums!

Make the knob, Al, and the car will come to you, eh?

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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Lee Barker

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#6 posted 12-21-2011 12:02 AM

What about a plane tote, or an interpretation of one, on just the right control lever?

Just trying to get the creative juices flowing here…

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#7 posted 12-26-2011 05:37 PM

Funny you should mention that. I’m buying a manual Jeep. Hmmm… This also reminds me of a discussion I read years ago about the proper finish for wooden hand tool handles. The best finish is the oil from the craftsman’s hand. Maybe a Maloof style T, or something spalted turned on a lathe. I’d probably do a QSWO something. Those rolling pins with the Celtic knot in them are really cool.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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poopiekat

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#8 posted 12-26-2011 06:00 PM

I’ve never considered a turned knob for my shifter on my 5-speed truck, but I’ve seriously considered a badass rear bumper made from stout elm laminated pieces.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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mrg

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#9 posted 12-28-2011 07:35 AM

Refurb a Chrysler pistol grip shifter.

-- mrg

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fussy

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#10 posted 12-28-2011 07:42 AM

How about a banksia pod in the shape of a pistol grip shifter, hollowed out a bit for a led of some color? Different colors for each gear? Red for reverse, green for go? By the way, the grape likes to check as it drien. Think it’s under control. I’ll keep you posted. Happy New Year or as my son-in-law says,”Felize Ano Novo.”

Steve

-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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derosa

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#11 posted 12-28-2011 08:23 AM

Don’t know how I missed this post. I have a turned wooden shifter with a silver standing liberty in it. It’s a reproduction coin in large scale of the 1936 standing liberty quarter but solid silver. Looks pretty sweet. I have the transmission, engine, and body that goes with it, just not all in one piece yet. Here it is unfinished.

It was in this car originally

Hopefully it will soon reside in this car, I only wish this exact one was mine as it is still in one piece.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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