Nuts and Bolts Captured

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Project by luv2learn posted 05-07-2012 01:44 AM 6596 views 15 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 05-07-2012 04:25 AM

Nice jig! A great addition to the shop.

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#2 posted 05-07-2012 12:28 PM

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?

-- Dad: Someone was supposed to pick up his toys! Son: My name isn't "Someone".

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#3 posted 05-07-2012 12:31 PM


-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 05-07-2012 12:44 PM

Great idea!

-- Chris K

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#5 posted 05-07-2012 01:43 PM

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 05-07-2012 01:52 PM

keep it up

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#7 posted 05-07-2012 03:26 PM

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 05-07-2012 03:46 PM

We love new jig ideas anymore?

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#9 posted 05-07-2012 05:18 PM

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 05-07-2012 06:43 PM

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

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#11 posted 05-07-2012 06:57 PM

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 05-08-2012 01:14 AM

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 05-08-2012 01:18 AM

Very, very cool!

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

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#14 posted 05-08-2012 12:17 PM

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

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 05-08-2012 01:59 PM

Hmmmmm, very intersting… Great job.

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

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