One tool that I have been pleasantly surprised by has been a 1 inch Marples screw box (sounds dirty, but I assure you it is not...well maybe a little). This little guy turns a one inch dowel into a 5tpi wooden screw which is a lower tpi than many of the modern boxes which are often 8tpi. I got this to make something totally unrelated to my woodworking addiction, but it turned out to work so well that I couldn't part with it after its first use. Unfortunately though, I purchased this one at a real discount because it is missing the tap (a rather critical part if you actually want the screws to work). I believe, however, that I can make a replacement with my South Bend, a dash of elbow grease and generous helping of time and do-overs. Once the tap is made, this will make some nice wooden screws for a shop made Moxon Vise (on the cheap) which will undoubtedly be added to my traveling tool box.
|Marples Screw Cutting Box With Factory Test Piece|
|The Chips Come Out Of The Mortise In The Side|
|And On The Inside...|
|Here You Can See The Cutter Adjustment Screws|
|Simple Cutter Geometry Makes This Easy To Sharpen and Hone|
|Poplar Wooden Screw Test Piece|