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Nautical Knobs

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2008


Incorporate nautical charm into your quarters. Knobs made with monkey's fist knots -- a maritime standard -- can be affixed to drawers or lids of wooden boxes.


  • Thin maritime cord

  • 3/4-inch wooden beads

  • Craft glue

  • Drill kit

  • Screws


  1. Using 2 yards of thin marine cord, wrap 4 or 5 loops loosely around fingers. Begin another loop; stop halfway up. Give cord a quarter turn, so it's perpendicular to bundle.

  2. Wrap around bundle, back to front, 4 or 5 times (number of loops should always match number used in step 1).

  3. Slip cord off fingers. Begin another loop, then wrap cord through first bundle and around second 4 or 5 times.

  4. Insert a 3/4-inch wooden bead into knot. Pull end of cord from step 1 until knot is taut around bead. Trim ends; secure with craft glue.

  5. Drill a hole into bead. Drill a screw through drawer or lid from the inside. Attach bead to screw.

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