Thread Measuring Gauge

Thread Gauge

Thread Gauge

Thread Gauge closeup

Thread Gauge closeup

Here are some pictures of a wooden thread diameter gauge that I built several years ago.  I have a couple of these for different thread pitches.  Vises don’t go out the door until they are checked with these.  It is based on the “three wire method” that machinists use to verify their threads are within tolerance, except it uses stainless steel rods and they are held in place with machined brass attachments.  The foundation of this tool is a Mitutoyo 6″ digital caliper, IP67 protected (keeps dust or liquid from getting at the internal electronics).  I often see the non IP67 calipers being used by woodworkers but I think it’s worth the premium due to the dusty nature of the woodshop.  I’m of the opinion that a finer digital caliper isn’t being made.  There is often a slight variation in thread dia. within a batch, no more than a few thousandth of an inch from our own standard fit; the looser fit vises go to more humid climates and the tighter fit go to dryer climates.  We also vary the fit based on our shops humidity, tighter in the summer and slightly looser in the winter.  Our vises are made to machinist’s standards and we think that’s important, as we want the fit between the visescrew and nut to be as tight as possible without binding.   You’ll notice the numbers written on the brass pieces, -1.9680.  These represent what the readout should say when the calipers are fully closed.  Just in case the batteries die and the zero point is lost, we can reset them with the known distance from the closed position.

-Nick Dombrowski

Thread Gauge in use

Thread Gauge in use

Announcing Moxon Vise Kit – Pre-Order Special

We are excited to announce that we are accepting pre-orders for our new Lake Erie Toolworks Moxon Vise kit.  Named after the 17th century author Joseph Moxon, the Moxon vise is a portable twin screw vise that can be fixed to the front edge of your workbench.  It is perfect for cutting dovetails and tenons as it holds a board or wide panel securely and raises your work up above your benchtop; this allows for a more comfortable sawing position.

We have been prototyping and testing this vise for quite some time now and the final design is ready for production.  We have a new machine being built (more on that to come) and we will start production as soon as the machine arrives.  These vises will be available for shipping in September and are currently available at a pre-order special price.

Click here to place your order now!

Moxon Vise, Lake Erie Toolworks

Moxon Vise, Lake Erie Toolworks

Moxon Vise, Lake Erie Toolworks

La Forge Royale Miter Jack Hardware Kit

Heads up that we’ve been working with Jameel Abraham to construct and provide the wooden vise screw and nut components for the La Forge Royale Miter Jack kit that Benchcrafted is putting together.  For additional details on this limited run vise, select the link below – but act quickly as they are sure to go fast.

La Forge Royale Miter Jack Kit Information

La Forge Royale Miter Kit, Lake Erie Toolworks

La Forge Royale Miter Vise – Picture Courtesy of Benchcrafted