Big Wood Bolt

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Project by bubinga posted 04-05-2011 01:08 AM 10433 views 14 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was practice ,,,A prelude to building fully functional Nut & Bolt coat racks, But haven’t figured out how to make the threads in the nuts yet. 3in Di screw,with 1/2in thread pitch / 5in hex bolt head/ 11in long/made of pine
I saw an episode of Wooden Thread Cutter – Wood wright’s Shop, a wile back ,and have been looking for it on line, to buy or watch but can’t find it. It aired in 2004
If any one knows where I can ,buy ,beg,or steal this video ,PLEASE let me know

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#1 posted 04-05-2011 01:14 AM

Cool – how did you make the threads?

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#2 posted 04-05-2011 01:30 AM

On a Legacy Ornamental Mill

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#3 posted 04-05-2011 01:36 AM

that’s one sweet bolt
i guess you will have to use push caps
till you get the nuts sorted

(how about dowels inserted in a spiral ring
into the nut the points preformed to ride in the threads
enough to carry around so you get a decent lock
you could do them first as a big do=nut
then do the hex head after wards)

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#4 posted 04-05-2011 03:36 AM

Now thats a bolt. Cool design.


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#5 posted 04-05-2011 04:31 AM

Well EJ, that is an intimidating bolt indeed, lol

I saw an episode of Woodwright shop on the Screw box, which is online. Probably you already found it.

Anyway, here is the “link":

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#6 posted 04-05-2011 05:09 AM

Thank You—fernandoindia
The one I need is ,,Wooden Thread Cutter

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#7 posted 04-05-2011 05:59 AM

Here’s a set for cutting both male and female threads in wood in 3/4”

Here’s a book on making nuts and bolts in wood. Be sure and read the very detailed customer review a little bit down the page:

Here is a link for the Beal Wood Threader kit mentioned in that book. It has a tap to cut the interior thread up to 1”

Here is a book by Roy Underhill that tells how to cut wooden threads, for both bolts and nuts. At the back of the book it includes plans for making both wooden screws and another plan for making a carpenters Tap needed for making the threaded hole. Take a look inside at the table of contents that Amazon lets you see for free:

And here’s a link to Roy Underhill’s video on making a box for cutting wooden screws:

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#8 posted 04-05-2011 06:19 AM

The name of the episode is “Screw box for Wooden Threads” and it is available through the website.
Roy Underhill’s book “The Woodwright’s Work Book” has a good chapter called Screwboxes and Taps
that also explains it, if the book is not available at your local book store, I know you can find it on Amazon.
I am watching the episode on line now, and it explains how to make a thread cutter, or die for wood rather
well, Roy’s book is the only place I have seen that explains how to make a tap for making threads in a nut,
His books are a good addition for any woodworkers library, and are interesting reading. Hope you find what you are looking for and enjoy the woodworking.

-- As ever, Gus-the 83 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#9 posted 04-05-2011 06:57 AM

One of the ways is to take a piece of threaded wood like you have there and slit it to accept a blade with either a single point cutter that you advance to the final depth of the thread or to make a set of points that each scrape a little deeper with each successive tooth. With a screw that big, the single point would be slower but better because it would not take as much force.

I would make the first nut to hold it for cutting the threads in the nut by casting it. Wrap the thread with plastic and mold epoxy around it. Then you can make a wooden one to replace.

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#10 posted 04-05-2011 07:17 AM

David LaBolle Dude you found it in its in this book ,The Woodwright’s Guide: Working Wood with Wedge and Edge
Its called The Carpenters Tap I saw it right in the preview at Amazon
Purchased it
I think I searched the whole world wide web ,but I was looking in the wrong place Thank You All For The Help
I have made several nut and bolt projects,I have 6 sizes of the Beall tools
I have spoken To J R Beall On the phone ,he suggested I have some one with a metal lathe make the BIG nuts for me. I gotta do my own Big Nuts
Great Info -David Kirtley

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#11 posted 04-05-2011 10:02 AM

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#12 posted 04-05-2011 11:29 AM

Hollowed out, that would make for a heck of a cool box.

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#13 posted 04-06-2011 01:48 AM

I’ve seen one that works pretty well. This is from memory and a lot of years ago, but here goes.

First, cut a centre hole the minimum diameter of the screw. Now you make your cutter. Take a cylinder that is threaded to the size you want and turn the threads off half of it, so the threadless part slips into the hole in the “nut” blank snugly but freely. Now cut a hole through a new block the size of the maximum diameter of the threaded “bolt”, with a small “spur” in it that will follow the threaded part without harming the threads but will keep things in line. Now drill and chisel a square hole through the unthreaded part of the cylinder that will hold your cutter. Install the cutter and wedge in place so that the tip just protrudes past the edge of the wood. Lock both the block with the follower in it and the blank “nut” in line and turn the thing through the blank so the cutter scratches a line inside the nut blank. Each pass you increase the amount of cutter exposed so it cuts deeper each time until the thread is done.

I hope I didn’t forget anything important, but that should work for you if you read it over and apply it to your situation.


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#14 posted 04-06-2011 10:56 AM

Wow who wouldn’t want to take on a challenge Like a wooden bolt and nut. I took on a challenge one time to make a 3 link wooden chain and did it.

-- Jeffery Mullen

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#15 posted 04-06-2011 04:17 PM

I have a book, “Making Screw Threads in Wood” by Fred Holder. He describes using a thread chaser to make internal and external threads. I had heard the term “thread chaser” many times but this is the first place I have seen the use of one described. You have a lathe so could use that technique. Needs slow speed. You could probably grind a chaser from an old file, it looks like a comb with four or five teeth, you drag it across the lathe stop at just the right rate to cut the turns per inch you need. Once the initial groove is established, the tool will follow easily on the subsequent passes to finish the thread to the depth you want.

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