Tiny knobs on the levers

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Tiny knobs on the levers

Postby Woodhog » Thu Sep 29, 2016 11:23 am

Just trying to get some ideas on how you guys make the small knobs on the end of the levers for things like the construction equipment. When I try to make them they end up deformed or oval shaped.
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Re: Tiny knobs on the levers

Postby conimero » Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:25 pm

I just use a 1" belt sander to start them but that is fairly aggresive for small dowels so I then use a dremel tool sander to complete them. Have been generally happy with the results.
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Re: Tiny knobs on the levers

Postby siul8r » Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:15 am

For the knobs on the top, I chuck them in drill chuck (my shop smith ) and just use a small file.
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Re: Tiny knobs on the levers

Postby Alexkara » Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:30 am

This is not my brainwave... I got the idea off Dutchy... I bought some beads (4mm dia round with hole down centre) off the Internet (China... about $5/1,000)... then use a tooth pick or the smallest diameter dowel.

Alternatively you can use some of those fancy up market tooth picks that have a carved end.
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Re: Tiny knobs on the levers

Postby remark » Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:04 am

I use the carved toothpicks, work good and look like a real lever.
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Re: Tiny knobs on the levers

Postby robbygard » Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:00 pm

i used to try various methods of sanding but for the construction equipment levers i have progressed to using a wood button (wb35) with a hole drilled in the centre for an axle peg (ap1) ... they look great for that purpose and it is very easy to set up on the drill press

i am still experimenting with better ways for the gear lever in a car or truck but at present not particularly happy with my outcomes

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Re: Tiny knobs on the levers

Postby presenter2000 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:33 am

I turn them on a model lathe using a collet chuck to hold them steady and a 1/4” bowl gouge. Not successful ever time but it does mean I can use any timber I choose.
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