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What better way to spend a cold winter day than to spend it in a warm shop. Sometimes you have to take a break from the "have to do" projects and make a few "fun to do" ones. I have always been intrigued with wood screws and things to do with them. Have made several tables that bolt together, which were fun and usable. These were fun, although I'm not sure they are in the useful category. The jack was initially built to support long pieces of material extending from a drill press, so I guess it has a purpose.

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very nice projects. object of woodworking is have to have fun, meet challenges, and try new things.
 

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These are cool. Wooden screw projects are neat to do. If the jack is big enough you can turn it into an adjustable stool.
 

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Thanks. Jack would probably be on the scrap wood shelf if someone sat on it!
 

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I really like these….brilliant work.

The jack is very nice and I think would make a unique table lamp
 

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Nicely done! I'm happy to see the scale and grace of these projects so very well executed. You obviously have a fine eye & sense of proportion.

Cheers,
Erik
 

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The jack might be used to make a router lift. Very cool. What are you using to cut the threads?
 

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What kind of wood do you use for the threaded pieces?

I've tried a few times and the result is not constant, chunk of wood are missing in the threads.. oak is ok… hard maple is ok too, but nothing really constant in term of results…
 

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Outstanding!!
 

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I generally use Maple, Cherry, Oak (Red and White), and Poplar for the threaded parts. Mostly because that's what I typically use and have the most scrap. I'm sure there are many others that would work fine. To make the threads, I cheat and use a Makita trim router mounted to an old metal lathe. I first turn the blank to whatever dimension(s) I want, then thread the part I want. Standard metal taps work fine, but I have done some internal threads for a couple large nuts on the lathe. The scrap barrel has seen many failures!!
 

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Top of the heap nice! Well deserved Daily Top 3
 

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Thanks!
 

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Love it, how fun.
 
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