So don’t ask me why, but for some reason I decided it would be fun to make my own plastic hex nuts. This is how I did it.
I picked up some UHMW – ultra high molecular weight plastic, and you know, with a name that fancy it’s gotta be good! I believe this stuff is sold as a table saw runners, but at 3/8ths of an inch, it was the perfect height to make a hex nut for a number 10 machine screw.
At the mitre saw I tilt the head to 30 degrees, slide the plastic into that drill bit embedded in the plywood, and make a few cuts. Not for the faint of heart to be making saw cuts with a metal drill bit this close to your blade… but if I figured it will either work, or make for an even cooler video.
Fortunately, it just worked.
So now I can take that hexagonal prism with a hole through it, and use a tap to thread the hole.