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Blog series by CartersWhittling updated 04-29-2012 11:55 PM 5 parts 43129 reads 121 comments total

Part 1: Intro/Screw Dimensioning

11-25-2011 03:28 AM by CartersWhittling | 49 comments »

Hello. This is a new blog series I am doing. The topic is how to make a tap and screw jig for making large wooden screws. To start I will say that I hope many of the readers find this series useful because they can use the knowledge to make their own screws and nuts for clamps, vises, presses, etc… It took my friend and I hours upon hours, spread over months to finally get a functioning tap and screw jig. So my purpose in writing this blog is to give other woodworkers the proper inst...

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Part 2: Starting the Tap

01-18-2012 06:27 AM by CartersWhittling | 33 comments »

Hello. I have finally put out the second installment of the tutorial. I had to break up the video into two sections in order to fit it onto youtube. In this part I begin work on the tap by making the guide block. The lumber you want to use for the guide should be a hardwood at least 2” thick. Depending on the size of screw you will be making the block can be 3” – 6” wide. It only needs to be surface on one face and one edge. Then drill the hole for the tap dowel ...

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Part 3: Finishing the Guide Block

03-25-2012 04:16 AM by CartersWhittling | 19 comments »

Hello. In Part Three of the Tap and Screw Jig Tutorial series I finish the work on the guide block for the Tap. I start by laying out and cutting the metal plate which is inserted into the guide block to guide the dowel through the Tap. After work on the metal plate is done I attach two wooden blocks to create the clearance for the blade as it exists the Tap. The second video is designed to help those who may be confused about laying out the thread pattern on the paper that wraps around...

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Part 4: Finishing the Tap

04-29-2012 04:24 AM by CartersWhittling | 15 comments »

Hello. In the latest video I complete all the work on the Tap. At this point in the series you should have all the knowledge you need to make wooden nuts of whatever size you want. I begin the video by explaining how to locate the mortise for the blade. I continue by showing the entire process involved in making the blade: shaping, hardening, and tempering. I then cut the mortise for the blade and wedge, fit the wedge, and make the “chip clear out” groove in front of the blade....

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Part 5: Dimensioning the Cutter

04-29-2012 11:55 PM by CartersWhittling | 5 comments »

Hello. After recieving a few questions about the previous video I realized I may have left out some details about the cutter. So in this video I better explain how to dimension the cutter and pick the steel.

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