Building The Holtzapffel Workbench #12: Big screws, no wait HUGE screws.

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Blog entry by Mike Lingenfelter posted 05-01-2008 01:57 AM 6638 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well the day finally came and large wooden screws I ordered came in yesterday ☺. I wasn’t quite prepared for how big these guys were going to be. Tim Allen would be grunting his approval, if he had seen these big guys. The pictures really don’t do them justice.




The over length is about 25”. The threaded area is 2.25” in diameter. The head or cap is 3.25” in diameter and there are about 3 threads per inch. The head of the screw is made from Ash and the rest of the pieces are Maple.

The handles feel and looked really nice. They are bout 14” long and about 1” in diameter.


I gave the nuts a spin on the screws and they spun freely with enough play to account for any wood movement. I put both nuts on one of the screws and screwed them together. They tightened up really snug to each other and they weren’t going anywhere.



The nuts are about 8” x 4” x 2”.

Finally the screws came with a couple garters that are used to “attach” the screws to the face/chop.


Mike Siemsen over at Green Lake Clock Company was a pleasure to do business with. It did take a while to get the screws but these aren’t your standard items you can buy off the shelf. Mike stayed in constant contact with me during this process. Mike told me he made up some extra sets while he made mine, so the wait shouldn’t be as long if you plan to buy a set these screws. You can find Mike’s contact information over at

If everything goes well, look for a post early next week on the installation of the face vise.

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#1 posted 05-01-2008 02:33 AM


I have been considering a similar bench design and was wondering from whom you were ordering. Thanks for the the info it will really save me some time when I start on my bench.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 05-01-2008 02:53 AM

Awsome looking screws you got there, that’s for sure!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 05-01-2008 03:07 AM

wow those are some amazing screws. when i saw those i couldn’t believe it!

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#4 posted 05-01-2008 05:24 AM

Finally, a photo of a vise garter! After getting descriptions from a few people about these I had guessed (kinda closely) at what these would look like. Thanks Mike.

I have a pair of screws on order from . His are 2” in diameter, and ash. And I think he still has quite a back-log after getting Schwarz'd.

Those look really nice, Mike. I’ll watch for your post about their installation.

-- johnjoiner

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#5 posted 05-01-2008 08:05 AM

Wowzers! They take up the entire bench top!! Those are some heavy duty screws!

I think they’ll work ;)

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#6 posted 05-01-2008 08:46 AM

Oh those are gonna do you real nice!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#7 posted 05-01-2008 09:17 AM

Looking good. Nice set of screws.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 12-13-2011 01:09 AM

I am wondering how the part of the vise screw that comes in to contact with the metal garter wears. Any issues with the wood to metal contact?

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#9 posted 12-13-2011 01:54 AM

It’s been a few years now, and I really don’t see any wear issues. If anything is going to happen to these screws, it might be on the order of decades before any “problems” arise.


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