Nut and bolt in boxwood

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Blog entry by George watkins posted 12-01-2009 09:54 PM 3987 reads 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here goes- i think this is in the right place- i’m new :-)

hello folks
here is a series of photo’s showing how I made a nut and bolt in boxwood for my dad.

first of I mounted the wood between centres in the centre holes left behind from the router lathe which my friend used to form the 6 side’s for me(a huge help thank you)

here is my rough marking out of proportions

here you can see the results of my hand sanding the blank- i used a wooden block, i started at 120 and went through to 600 by which point the boxwood was like glass.

here i have made the basic cuts defining the nut and bolt shape

here is the pith- will it cause me a problem? at this stage i did’nt know-but i was thinking thats a long length of male thread to chase!!! can i do it?

bolt head definition

a slight hiccup here as i needed to make a dovetail spigot to fit my o-donnel jaws but i hadn’t allot of room- so i found a old parting tool which i got free with my first clarke lathe and ground a skew on the end of it- luckily it worked perfectly.

the two blanks parted of and ready to go

I tend to always do the female thread first- here it is mounted in my chuck jaws ready to go

i cut all the way through with a spindle gouge- at this point i was thinking thats a long female thread to chase will i be able to do it?

with the lathe at about 250rpm (this is the only time i ever care about what speed i am turning at- as it is vital with thread chasing) i have done the hardest part and started the female thread successfully- no double start etc

a few seconds later and a few more threads added

and here is the threads to full depth all the way through the nut- it started to get a bit difficult towards the back to get the thread smooth but this doesn’t matter as it will be cut away later when its reversed.

out with the nut in with the bolt

the start of the male thread

a bit more- by now the chaser is feeding itself in all you have to do is guide it.

here it is complete- the nut fits but isn’t screwing all the way on because of that ragged bit at the back, so i take a risk and take the bolt out of the jaws to sort out the nut- note to self if i ever make another one remember to do this earlier

heres a blurry pic of the nut threaded onto a waste block of african blackwood, so that i can clean up the back side

much to my relief with the nut cleaned up and a little more chasing on the bottom end of the male thread it screws on and of the entire length- a great feeling.

i reverse turned the bolt to remove the chuck marks by wrapping the thread with masking tape and gently holding it in the central part of my chuck jaws- it worked a treat

the chasers

for now i’ve treated it with lemon oil to protect it- i usually polish my threaded box’s with the u-beaut system but I don’t think this lighter coloured boxwood will look good shiny so i’ll have to think about an alternative finish

A big thankyou to DaveL for cutting the hexagonal blank on his router thing so accurately.

-- it can't rain all the time!!

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#1 posted 12-01-2009 09:57 PM

George i hope thats a metric thread on that lol…....

and did you get my PM i hope you found triferns work i think you will like it

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#2 posted 12-01-2009 11:56 PM

very cool. thanks for the blog.

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#3 posted 12-01-2009 11:59 PM

That’s really a great little project. Nice job!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 12-02-2009 12:43 AM

This as truly a special skill.
Would love to see some o your threaded boxes.
Nice work :)


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#5 posted 12-02-2009 03:13 AM

Great Job and very informative. I have been playing with Onamental Turning….and it is very similar here….slow speed and very methodical…..I will have to try this….I have seen some good footage on making thread chasers….and have a few of them favorited for later retrieval….

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#6 posted 12-02-2009 04:57 AM

Wow George,Great work done on these ,Thanks for sharing

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#7 posted 12-02-2009 08:31 AM

Nice work.

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#8 posted 12-02-2009 09:18 AM

That’s just nifty…...nice pics on the process…...good job

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#9 posted 12-02-2009 11:03 AM

A warm welcome to LumberJocks.

That’s a beauty George, and a gift Dad will surely treasure.
What lathe do you have there?

Thanks for posting and taking time to mount an informative pictorial.
Looking forward to your future postings.


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#10 posted 12-02-2009 05:54 PM

thank you for the kind comments

My lathe is a vb36 master bowlturner

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#11 posted 12-02-2009 08:41 PM


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#12 posted 12-03-2009 05:09 AM

Very nice. I great series of photos.

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#13 posted 12-03-2009 06:01 AM

sweet now can u hold something together with it? lol ;-)

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#14 posted 12-03-2009 01:42 PM

Great job! Thanks for sharing.

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#15 posted 04-29-2010 12:12 AM

can anyone tell me where I could buy some boxwood? We live in Ontario and it is very hard to find. My father loves to work with wood and he is doing a project which calls for Boxwood, but we just can’t seem to find it anywhere. If anyone can direct me in the right direction it would really be appreciated. Thanks.

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