A Brief History of my screw making efforts

The following post gives an overview of the development of the wooden screw making methods I’ve developed. Along with the tools and methods and how they evolved I will provide a more personal story line for those who are interested. Above are the first taps and dies that were made using the 1977 Fine WoodworkingContinue reading “A Brief History of my screw making efforts”

Thread Design for Wooden Screws

This post will attempt to explain a method of designing a thread of any size; a necessary step before starting to make the threading tools; tap and die. (1) Choosing a Thread Angle The first step is to decide on the THREAD ANGLE. Many threads in metal and in wood have 60 degree thread angles.Continue reading “Thread Design for Wooden Screws”

Truing a blank with the Router Lathe

The router lathe spins the screw blank between centers while a router slowly traverses from right to left, truing the blank. I made this around 1996 for a PBI class at Penland. It wasn’t motorized then so the students had to crank it by hand. The blank is driven at the headstock by a nailContinue reading “Truing a blank with the Router Lathe”