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03-30-2008 03:08 PM

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I saw this done on a pbs wood show many years ago (and can’t remember how it was done). I wish I could remember the guys name. He used only old fashioned hand tools. Like: foot pully lathe using a rope for the belt. He always seemed to start out in the woods cutting down a tree (using an axe) not a chain saw and worked forward from there. Back to the question…Can anyone explain in some detail how to make a wooden screw and nut out of wood ? Pictures would really be great.This guy actually made a wooden vise that seemed to work quite well. (I wish I would have recorded it and if I did. I wish I knew where the tape is so I could see it again.

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#1 posted 03-30-2008 03:31 PM

Stu’s Shed did a podcast on a tool that cuts internal and external threads in wood. The link is:

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#2 posted 03-30-2008 05:07 PM

You may be thinking of Roy Underhill’s The Woodwright’s Shop (

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#3 posted 03-30-2008 05:23 PM

I wish I got Roy’s show here where I live.

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#4 posted 03-30-2008 05:26 PM

To second Praki- Most likely Roy Underhill of “The Woodwdright’s Shop”. I’ve seen a show that you are probably referring to. He is still on weekly on PBS out of North Carolina- UNCTV.
Roy is a master woodwright at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, and lives/lived and worked in North Carolina.
He has several books available most likely at your local library. Certainly worth a looksee.
Truly an amazing man – I’ve met him a few times and spent a short time with him. His on-tv persona is dwarfed by his in person character and love of all things wood!

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#5 posted 03-30-2008 05:30 PM

Click here: PBS – Woodwright’s Shop: Program Description

NOt sure how to make this as a link byt type this in for a little more on Roy…

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#6 posted 03-30-2008 05:31 PM

If you aren’t set on doing it by hand … the Beall Wood Threader looks like a nice setup. It’s been on my wishlist for awhile!

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#7 posted 03-30-2008 08:02 PM

You guy’s posted the answers I had waiting in the wings. The only other is a source from Chris Schwartz @ Woodworking Magazine. They supply wooden vise parts; however, it may be worth a look.

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#8 posted 03-30-2008 08:40 PM

I think Woodwright is still on here. I like that show.

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#9 posted 03-30-2008 10:48 PM

Roy just did his episode on making wooden screws yesterday on The Woodwright’s Shop. I know all the old episodes on on the website.

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#10 posted 03-31-2008 01:03 AM

Thank you for reminding me of the show. It was in fact the same show I saw some years ago. In fact as I viewed it I do remember actually making a very crude device. It did work but the screw was to wide to really work well. I enjoyed the part where he forged the file into the knife needed to cut the notch. If I remember correctly there is also a way to make the nut of the device by thinking in opposite. working a knife into the end of a post or dowel and hand carving the actual screw. Doing this must have really been labor intense, but once completed could have been used many times.

Thanks again.

I will have to look at the Beall wood threader to see how we do this today using modern tools.

-- JJohn

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#11 posted 03-31-2008 02:54 AM

I have a wooden bolt in my projects. In one of the comments, I describe how I made it. I would be glad to answer any questions you might have. Good luck!

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#12 posted 04-01-2008 06:11 AM

It looks like the Beall threading kits are the ticket. Note that the largest size available is 1.5 inches diameter.

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#13 posted 04-05-2008 02:48 PM

I saw a project on another forum where a guy made his own thread maker using a special router bit. The principle
was somewhat the same except the router carved the screw threads. I’m going to give it a try using one of my point bits and see if it works for me. If it does I will take some pictures and post them.

-- JJohn

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