Building my wooden Screw #14: More pics

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Blog entry by schu777 posted 12-12-2016 04:33 PM 1379 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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More details about the Guide nut – where you see the red, that is where I had to trim out part of the thread that prevents the screw from fully advancing as the thread is being cut. If you do this, then you’re creating the wood screw will be so much quicker than mine. Only thing you may have to fight is the depth of your router bit. If too deep, then the freshly screw will be loose in the guide nut. If not deep enough, the advancement of the screw will get nearly if not impossible to advance. If this is the case. STOP! Slowly advance the router down. I looked at the depth of the bit and compared it to the guide nut depth. I believe it should be nearly equal to what you have. If you are wanting to have the thread cut very close to the edge of your screw (as in the head of the screw) you’ll need to remove the guide for the screw and just have what I have pictured here. I was very lucky and had it be tight enough to not rock around very much and loose enough to allow the screw to be advanced easily.

Now this photo I’m trying to show you the roughness of the nut, but now it looks better than I remember. Perhaps the threads of the nut burnished while I was creating the screw. The only issue I’ve had is that the depth of the tap wasn’t deep enough – it should have gone at least one more time as I’m about a solid 1/64 if not 1/32th too deep, making the screw not quite the true 2-1/2” screw. But again, I’m trying to get perfection and this just won’t matter. I don’t think anyone is going to grab some calipers, measure my wood screw and give me a hard time that it isn’t 2-1/2” screw.

-- Michael S. - Omaha, NE

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#1 posted 12-13-2016 04:10 PM

Michael, what bit angle on the router bit. 45 or 60 degree ?

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#2 posted 12-13-2016 04:26 PM

It’s a 45 degree…

-- Michael S. - Omaha, NE

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#3 posted 12-13-2016 05:55 PM

Thanks for all your effort in taking everyone along on this journey.

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#4 posted 12-13-2016 06:06 PM

Thanks Northwest29 – hopefully this will inspire others to build their own wooden screws. I’m hoping that by late spring I’ll have my workbench near completion…this was a big hurdle to get past. I was real close to just ordering some and just be done, but I’m so glad that I didn’t!

-- Michael S. - Omaha, NE

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#5 posted 12-18-2016 05:58 PM

I love this kind of stuff. Never give up, never surrender :)
By chance, could make a dinky video of start to end of making the screw? Or is it too late for that?

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#6 posted 12-19-2016 07:02 PM

@Holbs – I might be able to make a short time lapse of the process, as I’m going to make a new Wagon vise and a Leg vise too. First I’ll have to spend some time building a holder for my phone in the tri-pod, so I can get a good shot of the process.

-- Michael S. - Omaha, NE

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