Screwing around with screws

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Project by jkinoh posted 12-10-2016 05:13 PM 7573 views 13 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What better way to spend a cold winter day than to spend it in a warm shop. Sometimes you have to take a break from the “have to do” projects and make a few “fun to do” ones. I have always been intrigued with wood screws and things to do with them. Have made several tables that bolt together, which were fun and usable. These were fun, although I’m not sure they are in the useful category. The jack was initially built to support long pieces of material extending from a drill press, so I guess it has a purpose.

-- Why buy it for $300 when you can make it for $500!!

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#1 posted 12-10-2016 05:22 PM

very nice projects. object of woodworking is have to have fun, meet challenges, and try new things.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#2 posted 12-10-2016 05:52 PM

Hey, if nothing else, they look awesome!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#3 posted 12-10-2016 06:03 PM

These are cool. Wooden screw projects are neat to do. If the jack is big enough you can turn it into an adjustable stool.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 12-10-2016 06:19 PM

Thanks. Jack would probably be on the scrap wood shelf if someone sat on it!

-- Why buy it for $300 when you can make it for $500!!

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#5 posted 12-10-2016 06:33 PM

I really like these….brilliant work.

The jack is very nice and I think would make a unique table lamp

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#6 posted 12-10-2016 06:56 PM

These are first class projects and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 12-10-2016 10:53 PM

Really cool ideas!!!

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#8 posted 12-11-2016 01:12 AM

Nicely done! I’m happy to see the scale and grace of these projects so very well executed. You obviously have a fine eye & sense of proportion.


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#9 posted 12-11-2016 02:07 AM

I like the jack. Well done.

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#10 posted 12-11-2016 04:08 AM

The jack might be used to make a router lift. Very cool. What are you using to cut the threads?

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#11 posted 12-11-2016 04:09 AM

What kind of wood do you use for the threaded pieces?

I’ve tried a few times and the result is not constant, chunk of wood are missing in the threads.. oak is ok… hard maple is ok too, but nothing really constant in term of results…

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#12 posted 12-11-2016 11:08 AM


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#13 posted 12-11-2016 12:13 PM


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#14 posted 12-11-2016 01:12 PM

I generally use Maple, Cherry, Oak (Red and White), and Poplar for the threaded parts. Mostly because that’s what I typically use and have the most scrap. I’m sure there are many others that would work fine. To make the threads, I cheat and use a Makita trim router mounted to an old metal lathe. I first turn the blank to whatever dimension(s) I want, then thread the part I want. Standard metal taps work fine, but I have done some internal threads for a couple large nuts on the lathe. The scrap barrel has seen many failures!!

-- Why buy it for $300 when you can make it for $500!!

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#15 posted 12-11-2016 01:38 PM

Top of the heap nice! Well deserved Daily Top 3

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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