Wooden Nuts and Bolts

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 10-08-2017 03:36 PM 3004 views 2 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While I had to do some wood threading for another project, I decided to make a big walnut bolt and nut. My first attempt was a 2” bolt and matching nut but when I went to cut V threads on the long grain walnut, they all chipped off, so I turned it down to 1 5/8” and made square threads. It worked good so I made a 3” one too.The threads are not perfect but very functional. The nuts turn very well on both.

The bolts are 1 5/8’- 4 and 3”- 4 square threads and 6” long. The nuts and bolts are all walnut. They are made to the sizes given in the Machinery Handbook only with different threads. These will be used for conversation pieces at craft shows!

Some work was done on the wood lathe but most was done on the Southbend metal lathe for chasing threads. 4 threads per inch is the coarsest I can turn on that lathe.

They are finished with Danish oil and 3 stage buffed and waxed.

Cheers, Jim
Okay, they are not complete without lock washers:

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 10-08-2017 04:32 PM

Cool project Jim! Yes… good conversation piece. Maybe good fidget toy too!

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

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#2 posted 10-08-2017 04:54 PM

Hello Jim,

They are certainly attractive thats for sure.
The finish will definately generate conversations
Now were is the washer?

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 10-08-2017 05:02 PM

Fun project. Be ready to answer “how did you do that?” at shows!!

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#4 posted 10-08-2017 06:26 PM

Jim, you did a wonderful job on these bolts.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 10-08-2017 06:43 PM


So now I need a metal lathe as well????


-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 10-08-2017 06:56 PM

Way cool Jim, Engineering comes to wood turning, these are lovely clean cuts Jim just look like a piece of steel :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#7 posted 10-08-2017 07:55 PM

Well Jim, I think I can safely say that have gone Nuts! :)
... NO, you have Bolted into Nuts! :)

I am not familiar with metal lathes… Are you saying that you created all of these Nuts and Bolts on a Metal Lathe using wood instead of metal?

If so, that is the ultimate of thinking out of the box and very brilliant…

Very COOL… Now, figure out a way to use them in woodworking… like Bolting a box together... or Bolting a Table Top to a Base!


Thank you for sharing!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#8 posted 10-08-2017 09:34 PM

Wow, very nicely done Jim.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#9 posted 10-08-2017 09:47 PM

Nice one Jim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 10-08-2017 09:49 PM

Wow, very clean cut Jim. A lot better than ones I made with my wood thread cutter.

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

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#11 posted 10-08-2017 10:31 PM

Thank you all for the nice comment on these wooden fasteners.

Hi Rob, the wooden lock washer is coming! You’re the second one who asked for it!!

Hi Pete, Even with the square thread I had some chipping of the threads. If I do it again, I’m going to coat the whole diameter with West System epoxy before doing any threading. That stuff penetrates 1/32 into the wood and should keep the threads intact!

Hi Joe, I chased the threads on the metal lathe just like you would do in a piece of steel. I just had to grind special cutters for the outside and inside. Since these are 4 threads per inch, each thread is 1/8” wide so I made the cutters .135” wide. 4 threads per inch is nice because it is an even number and I can hit any number on the index wheel when starting the cut.

Hi Dave. I have not used my hand threading tools since I got the new Nova lathe which goes real slow. I will try them out but I’m going to epoxy the wood first!.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 10-08-2017 11:27 PM

Real nice nuts and bolts Jim, reminds me I want to make a nut bowl, for nuts of coarse!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#13 posted 10-08-2017 11:50 PM

These are fantastic, nice work. Do you think these threads would work for making a Moxon style vise?

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#14 posted 10-09-2017 12:02 AM

Awesome job! +1 on getting a metal lathe to add to the shop equipment.

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#15 posted 10-09-2017 12:12 AM

That’s really cool Jim. I’ve never tried threads on wood, and I’m very happy to read how you did it.

They say it’s the end result that counts, not the process. LOL

Love it.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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