Get a grip with this homemade solution
I love the tenoning jig that appeared in the June 1997 issue. But, when I couldn't find a local supplier for the plastic knobs, I built a knob using scrap birch and a 3/8" T-nut. Here's how:
- Draw vertical and horizontal centerlines on 3/4 x 4 x 4" stock.
- With a 1" forstner bit, drill a hole 1/4" deep in the center, as shown below.
- Next, drill out the grips using the same bit to cut holes at 3, 6, 9, and 12 o'clock, spaced 1 3/8" from the center of the blank.
- Using a circle cutter set to 1 1/2", cut the knob free.
- From remaining material, cut a 1" knob stem with a plug cutter.
- Glue knob and stem together.
- Drill a 7/16" hole through the center of the assembly to accommodate the 3/8" T-nut.
You'll have an attractive knob that you can really get a grip on. --Dennis O'Leary, Windsor, Calif.
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