This is how I make my drawer pulls or knobs
Stan Pike - furniture maker
Tel: (413) 624-7116 Or: firstname.lastname@example.org
Each is made one-by-one in a meticulous multi-step process.
First a basic cylinder of the chosen wood is turned to a diameter a little larger than the finished size (not shown). Then a bead is turned at what will become the base of the knob using a specially made cutting tool.
Then the form of the knob is made using another specially made cutter.
I next hand shape the front of the knob using a small pneumatic abrasive disk sander, continuing the process until I get the exact shape that I'm looking for.
After that I fine sand using a small high speed orbital sander.
I continue fine sanding by hand until the piece has a smooth polished look that's ready to be finished.
Finally I apply a finish as the piece rotates in the lathe.
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