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Workshop operational tips. #31: Quick Eze (for threads) without antacid.

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Blog entry by LittleBlackDuck posted 02-24-2021 03:04 AM 783 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Boys and Girls,
When I need a quick ease I don’t mean antacid tablets...

or even a booty call (hmm, better forgo the picture)… I’m referring to quick unthreading of lengthy threaded bolts using a quick release mechanism.

I have two basic bits of equipment at my disposal,

Both can be viewed in this video.
I use these predominantly on jigs,

But can be used anywhere I need a quick one handed release from long threaded bolts… or that super quick release from short bolts… the only downside is that with short bolts there is a tendency for the knob to be totally separated from the bolt… the button nut will automatically lock in place.

Another bonus of the Rockler knob is that they are economical. Because of the quick release, its easy to quickly remove from one jig and use on another… just don’t lose the bolts of the swapped out jig and make sure you can find the bolts of the swapped in jig... so you don’t need that many… probably 4 should suffice.

Unfortunately the button nuts come at a premium cost while the Rocker are only a tad dearer than “standard” knobs.
I did make a jig using a button nut activated by a dowel in guides. Unfortunately the jig was sold to a desperado before I took pictures… and if you check out their price you’d understand why I sold it, rather than give it to a ”friend of a friend of a friend”².

Keep safe jocks... and your jocks safe!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD



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robscastle

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#1 posted 02-24-2021 04:22 AM

your pushing my button on these nuts, cannot find a supplier anywhere

So where do you get em!!

-- Regards Rob

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crowie

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#2 posted 02-24-2021 04:27 AM

Alex, I’d not heard of Push Button Nuts so did a google search, WOW!
1/4” / M6 start at US$11:50 each.
Understand why you changed to the Rockler parts which start at US$4 each.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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LittleBlackDuck

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#3 posted 02-24-2021 05:16 AM


... cannot find a supplier anywhere

So where do you get em!!

- robscastle

Alex, I’d not heard of Push Button Nuts so did a google search, WOW!
1/4” / M6 start at US$11:50 each.
Understand why you changed to the Rockler parts which start at US$4 each.

- crowie


I sourced them from Yankeeland so the shekel count was higher… The one good thing about either one is that because of the quick release you don’t need a swag as they are easily swapped out… unless you inbuild the button nuts in a sealed jig.

I basically posted this to make people aware of their existence… sourcing is your/their nightmare… like 1/4” brass knurled nuts. If the need is big enough the cost is insignificant. For someone that’s a hardware hoarder, my button nut supply is at a bare minimum… for those emergencies that seem to continually plague me.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Dutchy

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#4 posted 02-24-2021 07:17 AM

I basically posted this to make people aware of their existence

I wasn’t aware and glad you posted this item. I have read most of the text, and you can call that remarkable. Thanks Alex.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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