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Tap Handle (Wrench) Made From Hardwood.

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Project by TheSawDustWhisperer posted 10-21-2019 12:39 AM 424 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a project coming up where I need a 1/4-20 bolt to be screwed into a piece of hardwood.

Already having the 1/4-20 tap, I didn’t have a tap handle.

The tap handle here, is made from cumaru which is a super hard-wood that is rated 3330 LBf on the Janka hardness scale.

Any hardwood will work.

This wood wrench is for tapping wood, not metals.

A stainless steel 1/4-20 1/4” set screw was used to hold the tap in the handle.

An 1/8” Veritas PM-V11 chisel worked great to square up the small drill hole that holds the square end of the tap.

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It’s like the Fred Flintstone version of tap Wrenches. (:~ )

-- One of these days I’m going to build a dust collection system. Dusty Lungs





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mel52

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#1 posted 10-21-2019 03:02 AM

Looks like it should work. With the torque I could get with that handle I would probably break something. LOL. Good job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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TheSawDustWhisperer

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#2 posted 10-21-2019 03:28 AM

Thanks Mel.
It’s for tapping wood only. I’ll try not to break anything. (: ^)

-- One of these days I’m going to build a dust collection system. Dusty Lungs

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ralbuck

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#3 posted 10-21-2019 04:00 PM

Looks like it will do very well.

Pretty too!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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splintergroup

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#4 posted 10-21-2019 04:24 PM

I probably have a half dozen tap wrenches hidden in various dark corners of the shop. If I couldn’t locate one of these, I don’t think I’d have the gumption to build my own before grabbing a pair of vise-grips 8^)

Looks like you would, and do it very nicely to boot!

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James E McIntyre

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#5 posted 10-21-2019 05:58 PM

Nice fun project.. Like the others said. I should work.

-- James E McIntyre

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TheSawDustWhisperer

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#6 posted 10-21-2019 07:00 PM


I probably have a half dozen tap wrenches hidden in various dark corners of the shop. If I couldn t locate one of these, I don t think I d have the gumption to build my own before grabbing a pair of vise-grips 8^)
Looks like you would, and do it very nicely to boot!

Thanks Splinter.
I was also going to use a vice grip until I found this scrap of Cumaru and I had the SS set screws. I though why not.
I can use the other side for a different size tap.
I was worried that this stick would even qualify for a project.
But I’m the Saw Dust Whisperer. So let the Dust Fly! Lol

- splintergroup


-- One of these days I’m going to build a dust collection system. Dusty Lungs

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TheSawDustWhisperer

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#7 posted 10-21-2019 08:47 PM



Looks like it will do very well.

Pretty too!

- ralbuck

Thanks Ralbuck.
I also think it’s PDQ. Lol

-- One of these days I’m going to build a dust collection system. Dusty Lungs

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Andre

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#8 posted 10-21-2019 11:01 PM

A drop of thin CA glue toughens up your threads for your set screw.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 10-22-2019 12:35 PM

Necessity is the mother of invention! Nice project to get a job done. I tap in the drill press under power with a foot switch so I can bump it in. I don’t have reverse on the drill press so I need a tap wrench to back out the tap.

Cheers, Jim

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

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James E McIntyre

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#10 posted 10-22-2019 06:39 PM


A drop of thin CA glue toughens up your threads for your set screw.

- Andre


Andre. Great idea for the set screw threads. If I make one I’ll try it.

Necessity is the mother of invention! Nice project to get a job done. I tap in the drill press under power with a foot switch so I can bump it in. I don t have reverse on the drill press so I need a tap wrench to back out the tap.

Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh

That’s a great idea Jim. I’ll try your method.

-- James E McIntyre

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TheSawDustWhisperer

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#11 posted 10-22-2019 07:26 PM

Thanks Andre. Going to try the CA glue now. I’ll use this method on the treads I tap in all my wood projects.

Thanks Jim. Great idea with the drill press foot pedal. I think you mean use pedal to slow the speed down as you need it without striping the threads.

-- One of these days I’m going to build a dust collection system. Dusty Lungs

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