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knobs and tiles

updated wed 22 jan 03


Bonnie Staffel on tue 21 jan 03

Dear Clayarters,

I just finished making knobs for my new cupboard doors and drawers. I
purchased the inserts from Aftosa. They came with the proper bolts. I
thought I had made the holes in the knobs deep enough to hold the inserts,
but no, they were sometimes a little too short. My first thought was that I
would have to take them to a metal place to have them cut down, but using my
head and my available tools, found my Dremel with its carbide grinding tip
worked like a dream to grind those metal inserts down level with the surface
of the knob. It is very important that you glue the inserts in exactly
perpendicular to the door plane or the knobs will not screw down evenly and
flat against the wood. So I used an epoxy putty rather than the liquid
epoxy as it was easier to stabilize in the hole. Another tip is that I
applied some E6000 or similar rubbery cement in a thin coat so that the
stoneware clay would not mar the painted wood after it was dry. I also
found that my doors and drawers were also a little different in thickness.
I had to buy two different lengths of the screws.

The last item of caution, you really need to drill your holes in the doors
and drawers straight in or else the bottom of the knob will fit askew and
not tight to the surface. Perhaps your design does not call for such
cautions, but mine did. We were also surprised to find the electric drill
had a level in the top of it. On a recent television show I saw a sleeve
gadget for the drill that comes down over the bit to help in the leveling
task. I wish I had had one of these.

I am very pleased with my new knobs on the new kitchen cupboards. My
daughter and I did it ourselves. I wish you all luck with your project.

Regards, Bonnie Staffel, of Charlevoix

Mondloch on tue 21 jan 03

just another way to glue in those knob inserts-

Dribble some liquid epoxy into the knob hole.
Take a short piece of masking tape that's at least as wide as the base of
the knob.
Center and attach the tape over the open end of the insert.
Drop the other end into the knob hole.
Center the insert and press the tape down tight on the knob base.
Turn it over onto the workbench.
After the glue sets up, the tape will peel right off leaving a nice flat
base with a perpendicular insert.

I also use this method to glue in small threaded brass lamp finials into my
clay ones so they will screw right on to the lamp harp.


Mark & Sylvia Mondloch
Silver Creek Pottery & Forge
W6725 Hwy 144
Random Lake ,Wi 53075