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Forum topic by Walnut_Weasel posted 09-14-2010 04:16 AM 2884 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Walnut_Weasel

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09-14-2010 04:16 AM

I need some ideas and you guys never let me down. I am about to attempt to make my own wooden vise screws. I have a thread box and taps on order but I am not sure how to go about making the dowel for the thread shaft, head, and handle considering I do not own a vise. I could buy a dowel but I would prefer to try to make it myself. Any ideas?

-- James - www.walnutweasel.wordpress.com


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newbiewoodworker

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#1 posted 09-14-2010 04:24 AM

Build your own lathe. No, I am not talking about a custom Southbend, but one of those “attach your drill” types. Then you can take a set of gouges/chisels/etc and round it out…

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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dbhost

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#2 posted 09-14-2010 04:31 AM

Grizzly has a Lathe attachment that works with drill presses. Kind of cheesy, but functional. OR you could just pony up for a Harbor Freight #34706 12×36 lathe on sale, or used. I have seen them on Craigslist around here for around $100.00 every once in a while. Just avoid the stamped steel model…

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swirt

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#3 posted 09-14-2010 05:31 AM

Making dowel that long that straight can be a challenge. You can build a bungee lathe pretty easily, but I am not sure that would solve your problem, but it may sidetrack you enough while you practice your turning. If you have a router table and a bullnosing bit you can make it using that in two passes or a quarter rounding bit can do it in 4 passes.

For the handles can I suggest something octagonal instead of round? Octagonal handles are often more comfortable and definitely give you much more torque due to the better grip.

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Sprague

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#4 posted 09-14-2010 06:10 AM

Have a router table? Here is an article that shows how to make a dowel with a router and a round over bit:

http://www.woodmagazine.com/wood/printableStory.jsp?storyid=/templatedata/wood/story/data/1199898527231.xml&catref=wd135

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PurpLev

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#5 posted 09-14-2010 06:34 AM

router table with roundover bit is a good method. another way is with a handplane.

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