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"custom" wood shift knob
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Hey guys I made a wood shift knob for a friend of mine's Acura Integra, yeah I know. (I hope I posted this in the right place) I think it turned out quite well for a prototype. It weighs about 2.5 oz. I bought a 2" diameter hardwood ball and 5/8" round bar and went from there.

Here's the process I used:

First I made some wood vise pads.
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Wood ball in said vise pads
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5/8" round bar
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round bar cut to length and ready to be drilled
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Hole drilled
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Tapping the steel insert
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Test fit
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Finished product, excluding the stain and poly. Apparently someone, me, put thread locker on one of the set screws and stained the wood. I might be able to sand it down and it probably won't be visible when I get the stain on as it's going to be a deep dark cherry style stain.
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I have 5 or 6 wood balls left if anybody wants me to make them one. I just need to know the thread size because I doubt that the mustangs are M10x1.50. Also, you can send me an example of what type of stain you are looking for.

Thanks for looking.

Jayson
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73 Mach 1 Mustang
89 Dodge Shadow ES
94 Jeep Wrangler

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#2
That's way too cool! Can you burn "Mark's kids" into the top? Would make a great shifter knob on my Hurst!

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Just cruising along minding our own business when BAM!!! The LAWS show up.
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#3
marks73;82655 Wrote:That's way too cool! Can you burn "Mark's kids" into the top? Would make a great shifter knob on my Hurst!

Thanks, I might be able to burn lettering in, if I find my old wood burning kit.

Jayson
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73 Mach 1 Mustang
89 Dodge Shadow ES
94 Jeep Wrangler

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#4
Found out a pool ball is 2 inches. 2-1/2 would be ideal for those of us with x-large mitts (additional charge no problem). I'm thinking the membership will jump on this! Great idea Jayson!

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Just cruising along minding our own business when BAM!!! The LAWS show up.
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#5
Good job
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#6
Update: I've been having trouble staining the knob(s) this weird stripe appears unstained. I'll be honest I haven't worked on it for a while but I'm thinking of getting back into it with the cold weather coming.

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Jayson
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73 Mach 1 Mustang
89 Dodge Shadow ES
94 Jeep Wrangler

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(10-14-2012, 10:33 PM)TheJ Wrote: Update: I've been having trouble staining the knob(s) this weird stripe appears unstained. I'll be honest I haven't worked on it for a while but I'm thinking of getting back into it with the cold weather coming.

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Normally the "unfinished stripe" occurs where the wood has been polished from over sanding/machining. Polishing closes the grain and doesn't allow the stain to absorb. I would try wiping the entire piece with denatured alcohol to reopen the grain, and follow that with re-staining.

Good luck.
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