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Blog entry by Mauricio posted 05-21-2012 04:44 PM 8119 reads 1 time favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Building the Top w/ a Spot for the Wagon Vise Part 6 of Workbench Build - Splayed leg French Bench series Part 7: Finishing the top and M&T on Front Legs. »

I think most of you have seen a lot of these pics on other thread but I’ll post them here for the Blog with more detail.

As you know last time I tried to carve my screw by hand, it worked but was slow going. So I built the router jig but have been having trouble dialing it in perfectly.

Here is the router jig I made. As you can see its a loose fit which is why I got a lot of chipping in the tips of the thread, I was cutting to deep.

This is what happened when I fed my hand carved screw in. Sadly it was ruined….

Better results when I started from scratch but still not acceptable. The screw works but it’s not pretty.

So I ruined the dowels I had purchased so instead of buying more I bought an old lathe and learned how to turn a little. Here is some practice on some fire wood.



The first go through the router got jammed, not deep enough:

So I cut that little piece off, tweaked the router and tried again. With success!!!
Still a little chipping thought but not bad.

Except for one hiccup. Doh!!!


The hub hit the router base.

I have been working more on this little piece of my workbench odyssey. I’ve rebuilt the router jig with a little more attention to detail, bought some hard maple, and just cut out my blanks and glued on extra wood for the hubs last night. Once I turn them I’ll be ready to make another go at the threads with the new router jig. Hopefully with no chipping. I’ll update you guys on that for the next blog. Hopefully with great success.

I need to get this done and finish building my bench!!!

I’ve been enthralled with the idea of making my own screws for a long time now and very excited to be seeing a lot of light at the end of the tunnel!!

Thanks for watching and thanks for your support!

Mauricio

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch



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PurpLev

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#1 posted 05-21-2012 04:47 PM

“doh” moment – HA

looks like great progress.. one step at a time – or one turn at a time

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Mauricio

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#2 posted 05-21-2012 04:51 PM

Thanks PurpLev, I’m going to follow your blog for my wagon vise so thanks for that info. You have to tighten counter clockwise right? No biggy.

Here is a better pic of the screw, still a fuzzy cell phone pic.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#3 posted 05-21-2012 04:54 PM

This is awesome stuff, great pics, too!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Mauricio

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#4 posted 05-21-2012 05:01 PM

Thanks Smitty, the test screw also makes a nice club the keep in the car! ;-)

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#5 posted 05-21-2012 05:07 PM

Looking good! I’m sure it’d hurt pretty badly to get hit over the head with one of those things!

Can’t wait till you perfect the system—then I can come over and make a new leg vise screw. :-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 05-21-2012 05:25 PM

Gotta love getting to the end of a pass and realizing the tools are going to bind. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been using a circular saw with a guide and realizing at the end of the cut that the motor’s going to hit a clamp. These screws are really looking good! I’m building a jig. I’m going to make mine for a trim router. Think it will work? I recently bought a Bosch Colt for no good reason at all. Looked cool. I’m desperately looking for something to do with it.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Mauricio

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#7 posted 05-21-2012 05:33 PM

Ha, I’ve had the circular saw clamp thing happen to me too, hate when that happens.

Al, are you going to make your own reverse pitch threads? I think a trim router might work, your only taking off a triangle 1/4” deep.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#8 posted 05-21-2012 05:34 PM

Al, that’s why I’ve learned to always to a practice run/dry run once I get the edge guide and/or clamps, etc in place… I did it a few times while working on a project with my router before I decided this would be a good idea… oops!

Mauricio, they are looking great!

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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Mauricio

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#9 posted 05-21-2012 05:38 PM

Thanks Mos!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#10 posted 05-21-2012 05:41 PM

^lol, I’ve ruined more stock than I haven’t. I routed COMPLETELY THROUGH a PC dovetail template before the bit hit a brass thumbscrew, jerked, the template fell off the machine, I was seated, fell backwards, entire assembly crashes to ground. lol.

I think I might get a 1/4” v-bit for my little guy and start playing around.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Mauricio

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#11 posted 05-21-2012 05:41 PM

Brandon, I think once I get my router set up correctly I’m never going to use it for anything else again. ;-) So, Once I get it set up just turn yourself a blank and come on over, well drink a couple of beers while cranking out a screw and nut.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#12 posted 05-21-2012 05:42 PM

Two drunken nuts cranking out screws. That sounds like my kind of party.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Mauricio

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#13 posted 05-21-2012 05:44 PM

Ha ha ha, Al, if you fell with a spinning router in your hand that could have been a lot worse.

I got my V cutter at Rockler on sale for like $12 bucks.

Damn their up to $21 now.
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=2122&site=ROCKLER

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Mauricio

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#14 posted 05-21-2012 05:47 PM

I knew their was a joke in there somwhere when I worte it, I just wasnt fast enough.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#15 posted 05-21-2012 05:50 PM

^lol. My table saw tipped over and smashed me in the head while I was installing my router extension. That could have been REAL bad. Luckily, my heads filled mostly with old malted barley and hops.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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