Or nut jig for short…....
I picked up the Beall wood threader using up some Christmas gift cards…..it’s the one with inserts and taps for 3 threads (1/2”, 3/4” and 1”).
Mr. Beall himself has some great videos available if you want to see that work.
Also picked up his book:
And also this little template for making hex nuts:
Using the template still requires you to cut the nuts free (somehow) and I used the band saw and belt sander for the task. Unfortunately, I’m not that good at doing that! The one on the right (Below) is using that process and the one on the left is with the new jig:
With the new jig, you can make several nuts from one long piece of stock (just like the old way) but you can cut them free with the table saw (or whatever) into squares:
The jig I made is setup for the RAS, but you could easily put a runner under it and use it on the table saw. It has 3 different locations on it (one for each size):
Here are some shots in the saw:
The square blanks start an 1/8” or so oversize and are dropped onto a dowel and secured by a Bessey auto adjust toggle at a 30 degree angle. Keep rotating and cutting until you trim all six sides.
The next trick is right out of Beall’s book – make an adapter for the drill press and use a ROS to soften the edge:
And you get this:
Keep in mind, the jig is not ultra precise, and it tends to leave the edges tapered a bit, due to the side clamping pressure, but it’s pretty quick and easy to build and use. And the results look good, which is what mostly counts here.
If anyone is interested, I can put more detail in here…..
Thanks for looking.
-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,001 ways that won't work.