The Basement #39: The Wooden Hex Nut Jig....

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Blog entry by JL7 posted 01-17-2014 09:13 PM 5847 reads 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 38: Saw Blade Jackets Part 39 of The Basement series Part 40: New Sharpening Jigs »

Or nut jig for short…....

I picked up the Beall wood threader using up some Christmas gift cards…’s the one with inserts and taps for 3 threads (1/2”, 3/4” and 1”).

Mr. Beall himself has some great videos available if you want to see that work.

Also picked up his book:

And also this little template for making hex nuts:

Using the template still requires you to cut the nuts free (somehow) and I used the band saw and belt sander for the task. Unfortunately, I’m not that good at doing that! The one on the right (Below) is using that process and the one on the left is with the new jig:

With the new jig, you can make several nuts from one long piece of stock (just like the old way) but you can cut them free with the table saw (or whatever) into squares:

The jig I made is setup for the RAS, but you could easily put a runner under it and use it on the table saw. It has 3 different locations on it (one for each size):

Here are some shots in the saw:

The square blanks start an 1/8” or so oversize and are dropped onto a dowel and secured by a Bessey auto adjust toggle at a 30 degree angle. Keep rotating and cutting until you trim all six sides.

The next trick is right out of Beall’s book – make an adapter for the drill press and use a ROS to soften the edge:

And you get this:

Keep in mind, the jig is not ultra precise, and it tends to leave the edges tapered a bit, due to the side clamping pressure, but it’s pretty quick and easy to build and use. And the results look good, which is what mostly counts here.

If anyone is interested, I can put more detail in here…..

Thanks for looking.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 01-17-2014 09:20 PM

Cool tutorial, Jeff. From now on, everything you make will be screw-together….right?

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 01-17-2014 09:24 PM

Thats right Gary…..or more correctly…..righty tighty........Thanks!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#3 posted 01-17-2014 09:27 PM

nice rig there jeff

can’t wait to see what you do with them
they would make some nice accents
for some furniture builds
(bet you knew this already)

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 01-17-2014 09:33 PM

Hey David, thanks.

I have ideas bouncing around, so time will tell!

This was the second thing I built, I call it the ”Recline and Surf” :

And it’s technically “furniture” so yes!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#5 posted 01-17-2014 09:38 PM

Also built some hand clamps from the plans in the Beall book. However, I mis-drilled a few holes so they are not exactly the same! But they actually work quite well:

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#6 posted 01-17-2014 09:50 PM

Too cool Jeff! You’re accumulating some very fine tools there. Thanks for the tutorial, could be a future project with this setup.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#7 posted 01-17-2014 10:04 PM

Thanks Joel, cool tools keep my mind busy! Lot’s of possibilities….....

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#8 posted 01-17-2014 10:42 PM

Love it.
You’re a nut.
This project is nuts.
The problem is the loose nut behind the saw.
Can you make these?
For miss-matched holes

for cockeyed holes

Ok i’m done.
Jeff cool tool and nice jigs.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#9 posted 01-17-2014 10:47 PM

Dave….you gotta quit surfing the google images at work!! LOL….you are right about the nut behind the saw though….

Thanks man.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#10 posted 01-17-2014 10:56 PM

You are one clever guy.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#11 posted 01-17-2014 11:23 PM

Thanks Scott….you’re a problem solver yourself…...appreciate it..

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#12 posted 01-17-2014 11:48 PM

Wow. That looks like fun.
Not sure what to do with it, but it is so cool.

I like the clamps.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#13 posted 01-18-2014 12:08 AM


-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#14 posted 01-18-2014 12:08 AM

I believe you may have cursed your wood working future.
All things you do from here on out….
Could all just be screw ups!!!

I’m looking forward to what your “twisted” mind comes up with….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#15 posted 01-18-2014 12:17 AM

Steve…..does everything need a purpose? Thanks buddy.

Roger…...Any Guinness left? Stay away from the hammock…. :)

Randy…...many screwed up things to come….... thanks for stopping….wait, you’re supposed to be building projects!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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