They're strong, handsome and cheap to make
Synopsis:Richard Showalter makes children’s toys that collapse for easier shipping and storage. In making them, he perfected the art of making wooden screws, which paid off additionally in the manufacture of wooden clamps, which he explains here in detail. The scale you work on will determine the size clamps you need. Showalter talks about wood selection, preferred finished width of the jaw vs. the diameter of the screw, and which bits to use to drill holes in the clamps. He warns not to sand the piece until after it is completely threaded, lest you dull the thread cutters. Side articles detail threading tools and dowel makers.
During the six years I’ve been making my living as a woodworker, I’ve lived in a small town in Oregon, fifty miles from the closest city. The markets for the expensive children’s toys I make are still farther away and it became…