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Old 03-17-2015, 12:20 PM
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Diy wood knurl shifter knob

So the Po had a metal shifter knob installed on my Jeep......
Burning hot in the summer and freezing cold in the winter. Decided to do something about it!

I was out on my mountain bike and found a cool chunk of wood, sized in between a baseball and a golf ball.
I cleaned it up and scrubbed the dirt off it.

I used a dremel to carve out a hole in the bottom large enough for a 10x1.5 nut. Used 2 part epoxy to secure the nut into the wood and let cure overnight.

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Sanded then stained. Finished off with 10 lights coats of UV safe clear coat. Quite happy with how it turned out.

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Used a jam nut and a small amount of blue (removable) loctite and threaded onto the shifter.

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Should be much more comfortable in hot and cold, and there is not another one like it anywhere

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Old 03-17-2015, 12:38 PM   #2
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You sure that's not a potato?

It does look better with the clear coats. Nice Job.

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turned out pretty cool! nice work.
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looks like it has a smiley face. nice job.
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Thanks for the comments all

I think it kind of looks like a butt-crack personally LOL but smiley-face is much better. It's hard to get an accurate pic, looks better in real life than the last picture shows.

I hope to find a few more "candidates" in the woods and make some more. The most expensive part was buying the dremel bits.
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Found another couple cool chunks of wood today on my bike ride...... Going to make two more for fun.
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That right there is pretty damn cool. Great job! Making me rethink my billiard ball shift knob.
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Almost done the second one. Just need to clear coat it tomorrow after the stain is dry.
I went lighter on the stain this time, has a really cool grain and a bit larger....
Pics tomorrow!
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Old 03-26-2015, 11:10 AM
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Finished second one. Used a lighter stain and spent more time hand sanding with really fine sandpaper. This one is larger than the first, fills the palm nicely.


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Your first one is cool.
Your second one is ridiculously awesome!!


So...when are you going to start selling them?
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Your first one is cool.
Your second one is ridiculously awesome!!


So...when are you going to start selling them?
Thanks for the comments

I was going to post this one in the for sale section, not sure on the rules with how much you can sell before you need the vendor permission etc.
I really enjoy making these, but due to finding the materials (bike rides in North Idaho!) I'm guessing I'll only make a couple of these/month.

Open to suggestions of what you guys think would be a fair price though.

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I think I might start looking for some burls....

Both turned out awesome by the way. By the way, is your shift boot custom?
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I think I might start looking for some burls....

Both turned out awesome by the way. By the way, is your shift boot custom?
Burl....
Why did I call it knurl? Hah!

The shift boot is just a $10 autozone special, fit nicely enough though.
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Beautiful! One of a kind and functional.
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#3 in the works.... Sneak peak

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Very cool, if I had a stick I would make a wood pistol grip shifter.
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Very cool, if I had a stick I would make a wood pistol grip shifter.
That's a cool idea!

I am in the process of becoming a commercial member, I'll get a link setup if anyone is interested in buying these.

Going for a mountain bike ride to find some new candidates this afternoon.
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Ok, I'm setup as a commercial member (don't make me regret this guys! haha!)
#3 is almost done, and I found a honey-pot the other day in the woods, so should have a couple more cool ones on the way.
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So #3 (right) is done, threaded 10x1.5

#4 (left) and 5 (middle) are done but not threaded, so I can make those fit any thread pattern.
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Wow, these are nice. Good job!
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Made another, this one has a cool spiral around it.
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Made another, this one has a cool spiral around it.
I am interested in buying one for my 99 tj.

what all info do you need?
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Nice work dude. they look great... and the first one still looks like a potato haha
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I am interested in buying one for my 99 tj.

what all info do you need?
Sent you a PM.
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Nice work dude. they look great... and the first one still looks like a potato haha
Lol I agree

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