Acer-Ferrous Toolworks was started by a young man, Paul Peters, whom I have been mentoring in woodworking since he was a boy. Paul recently graduated from a trade school as a machinist, and decided to combine his two interests, woodworking and metalworking, into a business venture. He purchased a 1910 Monarch lathe, and made his own tooling to produce wood vise screws. His first product, a leg vise screw and nut, is shown below.
The 2 1/2″ diameter, 2 threads per inch screw is made of hard maple ( Acer saccharum), riven out of the log to ensure straight grain, and vacuum kiln dried. The octagonal hub is a separate piece of wood, and is threaded and glued to the screw. Overall length of the screw is approximately 24″, of which 4″ is the hub. The hub measures 3 1/2″ across the flats. There are two 1/4″ moats cut into the screw; one at the base of the hub and the other 1″ below it. These grooves are at 2″ diameter and are for for the garter, either user supplied or available in brass or black anodized aluminum.. A 1″ diameter hole is also bored through the hub for the handle, also provided by the user.
The nut is also hard maple, and measures 8″ x 4″ x 2″, with the threaded hole centered in the face. This leaves plenty of room for mounting holes to be drilled.
As an accessory, garters are also available in either brass or black anodized aluminum. More information about the garters can be found here.
The two piece design allows the option for making the hub of a different wood, and retaining the maple screw. In fact, we are also offering this screw with a tiger maple hub for those wanting some extra flair. (See image below.) Anyone interested in a custom hub, or with requests for other sizes, can contact Paul at email@example.com
Red Rose Reproductions is currently marketing and selling these screws. Price is $155 for the standard screw and $175 for the tiger maple, cherry, and mahogany hubs.