Building my wooden Screw #12: Finally, a wood SCREW!!

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Blog entry by schu777 posted 12-09-2016 02:48 PM 1400 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: Creating the guide nut... Part 12 of Building my wooden Screw series Part 13: Thoughts and things to consider... »

Now the dowel I used to make the wood screw was not the prettiest – as it had some knots and almost some bark within it – I figured most likely I would be using it for a testing and not an actual screw for the bench. I took the guild block/nut with the router bolted on top, clamped it to my current bench (hollow core door) and got ready to do my first test. I turned on the router, put my dowel in and started away. NOTE: I had about 3”-4” from my old dowel to use for the initial test. First thing it did was cut the bevel all around the dowel, then it started to advance. I thought, COOL, it is working, It seemed to be turning hard, but I kept going. My thought was “chips” are falling into the fresh cut grove and getting stuck in between the guide nut and new threads. Another thought was the guild block wasn’t at 90 degrees causing a binding. I stopped the router, pulled out the “screw” and found that it wasn’t advancing correct, only about 1/4” at a time. I wasn’t for sure what the cause was, but did something (can’t remember what) and tried again with the new dowel. I found it was binding nearly right after I got the bevel all around the dowel. I stopped and looked again. I thought, maybe the depth of the router bit wasn’t low enough. Tried that, same results. Stopped for the day and went away to ponder it. Next day I thought, maybe the router wasn’t in the right place, too far forward/backward and tried that – same stinking results! I gave up again, left the shop to ponder and research what the possible reason. I studied Carters videos and comments and started to get a thought. I pondered the next day while at church and came up with a possible reason. After church and getting one kid down for a nap while the other watched some TV shows, I went to the shop, looked and tried it out. I put the dowel in with a fresh edge and started the router up. I inserted the dowel and started turning it and realized that it was advancing much nicer than before. I finally saw the screw advancing out of the guide nut. I was SUPER excited to see that. I kept going and once I reached the limit of my setup, I stopped and pulled out the screw out. Below is my results.

Up next – things I’ve learned.

-- Michael S. - Omaha, NE

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#1 posted 12-09-2016 04:50 PM

Looking good and one interesting project.
You’ve done some major brain storming to get this far.

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

That looks like a really nice thread, It can be so hard having to figure it all out yourself.

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#3 posted 12-12-2016 02:34 PM

I had quite a bit of help with CartersWhittling tutorial was a big help. He had some other parts to the screw in his Workbench series – I still think I would have been stubborn enough to pursue making it. Even Roy Underhill has a good article on how to make the thread box, which if I ever have time, that would be a fun venture to cover.


-- Michael S. - Omaha, NE

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#4 posted 12-13-2016 01:54 PM

Vey nice looking screw.
For your wagon vise, do you plan to put the nut in the wagon itself or fix it at the end of the bench?
At the end of the bench, the screw protrudes when untightened.
With the nut in the wagon, a left-hand thread is desirable but,
according to some LJs ,
if you have a right-hand thread you get accustomed to turn anti-clockwise to tighten the wagon vise.

Mauricio’s wagon vise has also a right-hand thread nut in the wagon.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn (and that is nice)

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#5 posted 12-13-2016 02:13 PM

My plan is to have an opening on the workbench big enough to bolt in supports (top/bottom) and have the “wagon” slide in it. The wagon will be attached to the end of the vise. The nut will be at the end cap, therefore I won’t have to worry about the left hand business, but really, it would be a simple reverse view in Sketch-Up and print. Create a new guide for the tap, create a new tap, create a new guide nut and proceed on with the screw.

Thanks, Michael

-- Michael S. - Omaha, NE

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