Making Your Own Wooden Screws?
Question: After reading your latest article on the joinery bench, my son and I have agreed to build one for each of us to use in a room in the house away from the elements of an unheated or air conditioned garage work shop.
I also have a couple of other “hobbies” that I would hope to use the same bench for. To be sure we do it right I am purchasing your book “Workbenches,” hopefully to glean information on the proper construction of a wooden vise with wood screws. Does your book in fact contain that information? If not can you point me in the correct direction?
– B. R. Clifton
Answer: Nope. I don’t cover making your own wooden screws. It’s a simple enough process with a Beall tap and die making kit.
Or you can buy premade wooden screws, which is what I normally do because the Beall threader doesn’t cover the big sizes, like 2-1/2″ and 3″.
Taps of that size price out at $1,200 from Germany.
The other option is to go to town and make them with a chisel. But I’ve never been man enough.
Sorry to disappoint.
– Christopher Schwarz