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Project by RyanGi posted 08-25-2021 06:26 PM 650 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I had a solitary wood tap hanging around the shop, just living in it’s little plastic tube. For an upcoming project, I needed a different size tap. Eagle American had a bundle deal, so I bought a couple different sizes…really nice taps by the way. Of course, it’s uncouth to have tools just lying about, so I chewed on it for a bit and came up with a design I could make from scraps I had. I laid it out in Fusion360, which I don’t normally do for wood projects, but given the tighter tolerances I was trying to maintain (based in no small part around what scraps I wanted to use) it made sense. Especially since I was using my Shaper Origin CNC router for a lot of the work…and precision is easy with that machine! I could have made all this much easier on myself by using some thicker stock, since I got down to 1/32” walls in one place, but I wanted to see if I could make it work.

The CAD layout and drafting pages were easy enough, but one fo the things about using the Shaper Origin is understanding the way it sees the cut files. Without getting in the weeds on it, I did some creative cutting and cleaned up the rest by hand with chisels and planes…all of which is just fine with me!

The lid is made from a single piece that was resawn to make a very thin cover as well as supporting the top ‘cap’ if you will. I’m continually impressed with my FIL’s old Walker Tuner 16” saw. Straight as an arrow and consistent as hell.

I’m disappointed that I didn’t do something a bit nicer for the lettering on the lid. I just used the stock text capability of the Origin, but could have done something nicer. Lazy.

Based again on the size of the stock, I had to come up with a slightly eccentric (for me) hinge system. I ended up cannibalizing a couple small quadrant hinges I had in the shop. They were dainty enough and had a slot already in them to allow the hinge to slide as well as pivot. Worked out great, and allowed for clean edges. If I were a better woodworker, the tolerances would be even tighter and cleaner!

Magnets and little steel plates epoxied in place keep it closed.

I milled slots for the couple sizes I’m still missing…which now means I’ll need to buy them…of course…can’t have empty slots…

Cherry, finished with danish oil and buffed with wax because I like how it feeeels….

-- Ryan/// I like chips...and sawdust...but mostly chips...with vinegar





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LittleBlackDuck

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#1 posted 08-26-2021 10:36 AM

Cools idea… nothing worse than kissing metal.

If they are The Wood Whisperers “branding”, you’ve bought yourself a bloody good set… and don’t let anyone tell you that metal taps are just as good for wood.

That SO has me green with envy!

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

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doubleDD

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#2 posted 08-26-2021 01:56 PM

Great home for those taps. Nice work, I may do the same set up.

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

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RyanGi

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#3 posted 08-27-2021 03:39 AM



Cools idea… nothing worse than kissing metal.

If they are The Wood Whisperers “branding”, you ve bought yourself a bloody good set… and don t let anyone tell you that metal taps are just as good for wood.

That SO has me green with envy!

- LittleBlackDuck

They are, in fact, one in the same. I didn’t actually know that until I saw the video for the Twin Turbo vise installation, which referenced the Wood Whisperer as well. So I watched his video on it too! I’m very happy with them. Having a complete set of taps on the metal side of my shop, I can confirm they are defiantly not the same.

And yes, the SO is stupid cool….

-- Ryan/// I like chips...and sawdust...but mostly chips...with vinegar

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LittleBlackDuck

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#4 posted 08-27-2021 09:10 AM



.... And yes, the SO is stupid cool….
- RyanGi

Ugh!... Do my rain dance to the tool gods every night to get that SO imported into Australia.

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

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DevinT

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#5 posted 08-28-2021 04:39 PM

That’s a great box. Got me thinking about making a box for my grandfather’s and great-grandfather’s taps, augers, bits, and sundry.

-- Devin, SF, CA

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