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    Source for brass knobs

    I'm building a feild camera like the Tachihara, Winser, etc. I've located several sources for small (5/8 or smaller diameter) brass knurled nuts several places on the net. But I can't seem to find anything larger. I'm looking for something to use as focusing knobs like the traditional ones for these cameras. Anyone have an idea where I can find these?

    I've tried all the usual places like Small Parts, Reid Tools and McMaster-Carr.

    Thanks,
    Dave

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    Re: Source for brass knobs

    Try some woodworking suppliers, Like Rockler, Lee Valley.

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    Re: Source for brass knobs

    What size knobs do you need? They really aren't hard to make. Any machine shop could turn them out in a matter of minutes, but would probably still charge an arm and a leg. You could always ask, though.

    I had to smile at your request. When I bought a lathe for home use, the first thing I did was to make a knurled brass knob to replace a lost one on my wife's telescope. That went a long way towards accepting the beast in the basement.

    Charley

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    Re: Source for brass knobs

    Thanks for the replies!

    John, I tried Rockler and Woodcraft, but didn't think of Lee Valley. I'll look there.

    Curtis, I bet I searched that site a dozen times and missed that page. Thanks!

    c.d., making my own sounds fun, and I considered that, but I don't have a lathe, and figured by the time I got all that stuff for making knobs, I could buy a used Tachihara.

    As far as what size do I need? I figured at leas 1" in diameter. Anybody know the diameter of the focus knobs on a Tachihara or Wisner?

    Dave

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    Re: Source for brass knobs

    Richard Ritter can supply them.

    Cheers, Steve

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    Re: Source for brass knobs

    You can also buy an old corpse of a camera and salvage some parts.
    striving for mediocrity

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    Re: Source for brass knobs

    Quote Originally Posted by fenderfour View Post
    You can also buy an old corpse of a camera and salvage some parts.
    Yes, old parts are available. I have Kodak 2D knob.

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    Re: Source for brass knobs

    David, I have an old trashed B&J 5x7 -- I have been selling the various parts off of it. It still has all its knobs. Would you be interested in them? Basically for shipping costs.

    I don't think they are brass, though.

    I will be out of town for a week starting Saturday.

    Vaughn

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    Re: Source for brass knobs

    Vaughn,

    Yes, I would like the B&J knobs of they're still available. Did those cameras use rack and pinion focussing? I'd be interested in those, too. You can reply privately.

    Thanks!

    Dave

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