Hand screw

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Project by Glen Peterson posted 02-01-2014 02:37 AM 2145 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was cleaning out a box and found some hand screw kits I must have bought 15 years ago but never made. This little one has 6”-long jaws. The directions call for chopping angled mortices. I decided to laminate 3 pieces of wood. The middle piece is the width of the screws from which I cut out areas equal to the mortices. I estimate this method reduced building time by 75%.

-- Glen

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#1 posted 02-01-2014 06:06 AM

Nice trick to cut the build time. I’ve never put the time in to be able to do a good mortise.

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#2 posted 02-01-2014 01:09 PM

SWEET! Good thinking.

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#3 posted 02-01-2014 01:29 PM

Nothin like stumbling upon some extra clamps Glen. Smart move on the lamination in lieu of mortising.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#4 posted 02-02-2014 11:18 PM

Good thinking laminating the wood and got the hardware made into some thing that is always needed .

-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 02-19-2014 01:27 PM

Really sweet one.
Fine work.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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