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i have all these tops that i have been collecting from the jugs of the milk we drink.

i think they would be good for jig knobs, but i'm not sure how best to do it.

how would YOU make knobs out of them?



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If you are lucky, BJ will post a picture of the jig he has made just to make knobs out of bottle lids - yes he has even made a jig for that.

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I would not attempt to make knobs from something like that for several reasons.
1. When clients visit my shop, I don't want them to see where I am "cutting corners" in an attempt to save a nickel.
2. Tightness settings on knobs can sometimes be a safety factor. My fingers are worth much more than the savings.
3. In today's economy, "Time is Money". I buy hundreds of knobs from Peachtree Wood Working 1/4-20, 5/16-18 & 3/8-16 and they are all approximately $1.00 each. I buy so many that I never run out and I never make a trip just to buy knobs.
4. I drink skim milk and it often has pink tops - the color doesn't match my decor.

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They are safe to use and make,I don't see why saving a nickle can hurt the bottom line.

The real plus you can make them for the Metric way, just a metric tee nut and some metric rod and some fiber glass resin you have them done in about 5 mins. the norm,I have made 20 at one time for about 10 cents each..or less..they can be made in the male way or the female way if you don't like the color just snap on a new cap to go with your decor if that's a big deal I do like to use pop caps they are the same size and shape as the normal knobs.

You can see many of them in my Uploads..and how to make them quick and easy..at one time I did buy them (knobs) but no more..

what do they say waste not want not..

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I would not attempt to make knobs from something like that for several reasons.
1. When clients visit my shop, I don't want them to see where I am "cutting corners" in an attempt to save a nickel.
2. Tightness settings on knobs can sometimes be a safety factor. My fingers are worth much more than the savings.
3. In today's economy, "Time is Money". I buy hundreds of knobs from Peachtree Wood Working 1/4-20, 5/16-18 & 3/8-16 and they are all approximately $1.00 each. I buy so many that I never run out and I never make a trip just to buy knobs.
4. I drink skim milk and it often has pink tops - the color doesn't match my decor.


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bob, so fiberglass resin is your go to stuff ... ok.

do you put something in the void of the cap, like a dowel that is about the same size? or does the resin hold the t-nut well enough that nothing else is necessary?

otis, i have no clients to worry about. just the wife and myself. we are all about re-using stuff when it makes sense.

what i like about these specific caps is that they are very plentiful, the size is good, and they are not thin flimsy things.

the only down side is that the color scheme in my garage is charcoal and silver, with craftsman red for color. if the caps were red, they'd be perfect.
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If you are lucky, BJ will post a picture of the jig he has made just to make knobs out of bottle lids - yes he has even made a jig for that.
i would love to see that, along with a little blurb about how it does its thing
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If it wasn't for the logo, I'd be hard pressed to tell that those NOS caps weren't from a knob manufacturer's product line.
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" or does the resin hold the t-nut well enough that nothing else is necessary"
That's all you need in the cap
A pint can with hardener from just about any auto parts store for about 12.oo..


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bob, so fiberglass resin is your go to stuff ... ok.

do you put something in the void of the cap, like a dowel that is about the same size? or does the resin hold the t-nut well enough that nothing else is necessary?

otis, i have no clients to worry about. just the wife and myself. we are all about re-using stuff when it makes sense.

what i like about these specific caps is that they are very plentiful, the size is good, and they are not thin flimsy things.

the only down side is that the color scheme in my garage is charcoal and silver, with craftsman red for color. if the caps were red, they'd be perfect.



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To each his own. Many people would use them and I'm sure that BJ is thinking about safety when he is building things. My clients pay me a fortune to do what I do for them. The $1.00 cost of knobs truly is not worth me or one of my people fiddling around with it. Maybe in other areas these bottle tops are strong, but ours are quite flimsy. A little resin, a tee nut, a short piece of threaded rod, clean-up just ain't something I would do to save 4- quarters, not with Peachtree Wood Working right down the street.

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"or does the resin hold the t-nut well enough that nothing else is necessary"

That's all you need in the cap
A pint can with hardener from just about any auto parts store for about 12.oo..

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Holy cow! I was trying to think of any uses for the gallon that's been sitting out in the storage shed still un-opened. I almost threw it out about a month ago. I can "re-cycle" it now. (or, now I have and excuse to my girlfriend why it's still out there...)
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