Nuts and Bolts Captured

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Project by luv2learn posted 836 days ago 3930 views 14 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

How many projects have you done that required embedding a bolt head or nut into the wood. One solution of course is the use of t-nuts. Another, is drilling a round hole big enough to accommodate the nut or bolt then epoxying it in. Or, using a chisel to fit the the nut or bolt head into the hole.

Using my 3D pantograph a 1/4” hardboard pattern, a 1/8” upward spiral bit, and a 1/4” follower to trace the inside of the pattern I came up with yet another solution to this problem. I saw Matthais Wandel of woodgears do this but he used his pantorouter. Since I have built both the pantorouter and the 3D pantograph I have doubled my options and I can use the same template :).

OK, I can see the wheels turning and smell the smoke of Lumberjocks thinking about other applications of this neat little machine.

Oh, did I mention that I love building and using unique tools and jigs? They are a hoot!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#1 posted 836 days ago

Nice jig! A great addition to the shop.

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#2 posted 835 days ago

That is a great idea and very useful! Matthias Wandel’s stuff is great. I’m about to build his box joint jig. If you’ve built one already, do you have any pictures to share?

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#3 posted 835 days ago


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#4 posted 835 days ago

Great idea!

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#5 posted 835 days ago

Makes me want to go back to the days of the square nut and bolt.
Good stuff Mr. Learn. Thank you.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#6 posted 835 days ago

keep it up

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#7 posted 835 days ago

Great idea for using the pantorouter. Pretty cool.

-- 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 835 days ago

We love new jig ideas anymore?

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#9 posted 835 days ago

So the pantorouter is worth building? I’ve been considering that and the 3d pantograph too. Very cool idea BTW! Matthias is the kind of guy you can’t tell he can’t make something if you don’t want that very thing on your doorstep the following week. I love his attitude and ideas. keep yours coming as well!!

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#10 posted 835 days ago

thats very cleaver ,good job on the pantorouter, its on my list:)

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#11 posted 835 days ago

Thanks everybody for your kind comments they are encouraging to receive.

GabeS, I like both of these tools because they are limited only be your imagination. I like the pantorouter for box joints because you can lay your pieces down flat, especially long pieces, rather than standing them up like in a box joint jig. I also like it for making mortise and tenon joints. I must admit though that the template setup was a little tricky for me. I need to work on that.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#12 posted 835 days ago

Now thats thinking outside the box, very nice and very smart

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#13 posted 835 days ago

Very, very cool!

-- "Do, or do not. There is no try." ~Yoda

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#14 posted 834 days ago

This looks like a wonderful jig with a lot of different uses.

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#15 posted 834 days ago

Hmmmmm, very intersting… Great job.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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