The making of wooden handscrews Part 1

Material List

Qty L W D Type

2 11″ x 1 5/8″ x 1 3/4″ Any Timber

2 16 x 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ (Hardwood) Threaded screws

As you turn the screws to the correct diameter you need to soak the timber into oil ( tung or Boiled linseed) best left over night prior to making the threads otherwise it chip. Hardwoods are best used for making threads as Pine which is softwood will chip but in this project I am going to experiment and try to soak in the pine as much as possible and see if in fact it will chip this time round. So we need some sort of storage for our oil and screws and I’ve come up with an idea of using PVC pipe.

It’s 100mm pvc plumbing pipe with two attachment screws on top and bottom.


Cut the pipe 7 1/2″ long, I cut two so I can fit more screws; each pipe will fit 4 screws. Next Glue the two attachments to both top and bottom using the pvc pipe cement type N, you will need to search in your area what type of glue they have available. Apply this glue quickly to both internal and external surface as this glue dries rapidly and if you take too long you will not be able to fully insert the attachments no matter how hard you wack with a hammer, don’t ask me how I know. Now let it dry 24hrs before use, as I do not know this glues history I will give it atleast a couple of days to fully cure before placing any oil in it.

More to come on the making.

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