All the pieces of my version 2 of the building my wooden screw. In front is the finished tap, notice the grove in the middle (assuming the picture isn’t “scrunched”) – this lets all the scrapings of the nut fall into that grove. In the back of the grove is the mortise for the blade that is right behind the tap. The block on the right is the guide for the tap that is used to create the nut. On the left side is going to become the nut that guides the screw as threads a...
Wow, great suggestions from #1 Blog! Thanks! Finally made the angled cut in question, and did a number of fixes to glue-ups, AND “other” Before I go further, I think I should share my F-UP that coulda’ killed me… Yup… Got lucky… This happened BEFORE I did the finger joints for my Claro-box. Thought I may have killed myself, honestly, so much that I immediately went inside to see if my better-half saw a penetrating wound. It was such a shock tha...
After having the guide created for the wood screw, I needed to create the dowel that would become the wood screw. This dowel was created out of the birch wood I had from a shelf. I’m not an expert on the lathe, but decent enough to get it moving. After getting the dowel close to the 2.5” size, I’d take it off and see if it would fit through the 2.5” hole – go back and remove just a hair off here and there. I finally got it to the size and moved towards the next ...
Now in the first version I planned on making just a thread box, but decided to go use a router instead. In this picture the small block on top with dowels coming out of it is sitting on top of the block that will be the 2.5” guide for the wood screw. The top block will become the “nut” that pulls the screw through as the router is cutting the threads. The dowels were used to hold both pieces together while I drilled in a 2” hole first, which then I followed up with ...
Next I created the guide block for the tap (for the second time) in this picture you can see the block with a 2” hole and my paper template laying on top. The black on the metal is the part that will be used to guide the tap and create the nut. The wood I used was from an old shelf that I build when I was in high school – birch. In front is the LONG tap that I created out of popular. Yes, I know, not the greatest wood to use in creating my wooden screw jigs. On the right side...
As with everyone in the past 2-3 years, I started down the path to build my workbench which I wanted to have some wooden screws for the wagon vise and leg vise. I looked around to purchase some and realized that the price alone was reason enough to pursue building my own wood screw vise. So my search began with Google searching for how to do it. Luckily I came across CartersWhittling that gave me tons of information of how to build a screw. If you are looking to go down this path of build...
I ordered a reconditioned Hitachi 12” chop saw from CPO. First one arrived in a flimsy box with almost no padding and the cast base was busted and a knob was busted. They sent me another one. Second one was in a slightly heavier box and was packed tight with brown paper cushion but nevertheless one of the feet was cracked and twisted. They are picking up that box and shipping me a third one. They told me they will request extra packing material. I got aggravated and laid into them. I...
I continued work on turning wood bowls. They will be Christmas gifts so I have much work to complete. I decided that I will finish turning the feet of each of these bowls after I have turned the outside and inside of all four bowls. So I will be finishing all four feet at the same time. The light bowl’s hardwood is lati. It has a very nice grain pattern. I took the bowl off the lathe. I had watched veteran turner Lyle Jamieson demonstrate how to use a hand chisel with a mallet t...
Last time: “I’ll talk about setting that reference point for stopped dados in the next installment… That’s simple. The stopped dados are set to allow clearance for the hardware (pulls) to be mounted to the fronts of each drawer. I got that hardware in from D. Lawless in Olney, Illinois. The depth of that pull set the depth of the drawer fronts. The #198 set the line, and a little chisel work extended the dado to a consistent setback from the front of the soon-to-be ca...
Gluing up the first door was a challenge. I had no idea what to expect. I knew that, by myself, I couldn’t do the entire door by myself in the open time the glue provided, so I started working on strategies. There was a lot of learning that went on. Rather than go on ad nauseam about every experience I had, I’ll jump straight to what worked. I will say though, that that first door glue-up involved a good deal of swearing and yelling. The result was a success however. So, this is ki...
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