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Hi, I have recently purchased a few shopnotes magazines and am planning to construct a few jigs, my problem is in finding any stockists of things like knurled knobs for adjustment etc. and things like set screws.
Also it's all in imperial measurements I would prefer to work in mm if possible. But what are realistic conversions? Is there a tool to make imperial measurements a little more realistic. The last conversion I did was 7.965mm or something simple lol

Any advice on stockists of threaded inserts and the like?
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Hi Lee

I use bottle tops with wood inserts and coach bolts through and male knobs. For female knobs I use a nut embedded in the end of the wood before glueing the wood into a bottle top. I also use 3mm or 6mm ply for making washers. Threaded inserts I get from screwfix or ebay.

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Seems to me that most jigs are made of metric size birch ply, and that with wood, precise fitting requires a story stick rather than a tape measure. And for the most part, if your drill bits are all metric, then you can simply use the same pieces of hardware, bolts, nuts, etc you see in the jig, but metric sizes that are reasonably close to the Imperial sizes. There aren't very many jigs where the bolts and set screws being metric or imperial makes much of a difference. My brother once owned a British motor bike that used both and that it was a serious pain in the bum working with all the mixed sizes. Not sure about UK, but here the big building supply stores have drawers loaded with all the parts one would ever need in both metric and imperial sizes. Those shop notes magazines are wonderful.
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Hi, I have recently purchased a few shopnotes magazines and am planning to construct a few jigs, my problem is in finding any stockists of things like knurled knobs for adjustment etc. and things like set screws.
Also it's all in imperial measurements I would prefer to work in mm if possible. But what are realistic conversions? Is there a tool to make imperial measurements a little more realistic. The last conversion I did was 7.965mm or something simple lol

Any advice on stockists of threaded inserts and the like?
Ebay, type "plastic knobs" easy.

Most conversions arent that important, but get a dual reading tape measure if you need to be really sure.
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The problem with metric/Imperial is the converting. Don't. Work in one or the other. It's the converting that causes problems. Use both systems if necessary. Our vehicles (over here at least) are at least 50% metric and the rest Imperial. It makes them a pain in the *** to work on but it doesn't prevent them from getting you to where you are going.

I don't know if Lee Valley ships to your location Lee but they have a decent selection of jig parts. Essentra Tools (used to be Reid Tools) in the US has a huge selection of jig parts and they might ship to you. They ship to Canada.
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Thanks for the tips. I bought some inserts from screw fix and some set screws from Amazon, unfortunately they are minute lol didn't quite read the packaging correctly.

I have made a marking gauge from red oak, but the design calls for a knurled brass thumb screw. The ones on eBay are massively overpriced, think I saw one for £30. I used a plastic one from a set I bought from Axminster, I still have plenty left but think I will invest in some more.

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There's quite a few knobs and so on in the Axminster catalogue.
Worth copying the names of the stuff you are interested in and just hitting Google as well.
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