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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 09-04-2013 05:22 PM 925 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a pair of handles I made for my new thread chasing tools. They are made from box elder with ferrules made from a brass 3/4” sweat to pipe adapter .
The tools are pressed and epoxied in. They are 1 1/4” diameter and 6” long and finished with EEE and Shellawax.

The blog for using these tools is here: http://lumberjocks.com/Slovenian/blog/37672

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 09-04-2013 05:29 PM

Those are really neat, Jim.
Not being a turner, I can only guess how they are used. But, those handles are pretty cool.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 09-04-2013 05:31 PM

Those turned out great. Nothing at all like making your own tools. Do you have any concerns with stability using a softer wood like box elder?

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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nomercadies

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#3 posted 09-04-2013 05:35 PM

Please, tell us more about the ” brass 3/4” sweat to pipe adapter.” When I looked them up, they were different looking than your end product. It looks like you cut off an end and use the larger portion.

When you were talking about attaching the pipe threading teeth to the tool, you said “weld.” That makes me think of a lot of heat and maybe a removal of temper on the tool’s teeth. The gold color is throwing me too. Is it some kind of soldering or brazing? I would love to explore using your tool making ideas in more directions.

Again, your adventures amaze.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#4 posted 09-04-2013 06:08 PM

Outstanding! Those look great.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 09-04-2013 09:26 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments.

Hi Gene. I posted a link to my blog that shows how they are used. There is also a video in the blog showing some in action which is what I really wanted to do but currently I can’t do video, But they make threads on wood so you can screw lids on round boxes etc!

Hi Dave. Box elder is a great wood for all kinds of projects. This did not have any red in it like I usually look for. It is very stable when dry and this is 2 year old wood.

Hi Nomercadies, the brass adapter is one where you sweat or solder 3/4” copper tubing in one end and it has 3/4” pipe thread on the other. I turned all that off in the metal lathe to make plain brass ferrules.
I did weld the inserts in with a stick welder, a few spots at a time and I cooled it with a wet rag all the while. If I would have gas welded it, it would get too hot all over and may have softened the cutting edge of the insert. They are just gold painted to identify them in the heap of turning tools so I take extra care of them.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 09-04-2013 09:54 PM

Certainly some of the nicest handles that I’ve ever seen : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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luv2learn

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#7 posted 09-04-2013 10:14 PM

Jim, great job on the handles and the custom made thread chasing tools.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Gene Howe

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#8 posted 09-04-2013 10:23 PM

Thanks Jim. Read your blog. Quite interesting and innovative.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#9 posted 09-04-2013 10:57 PM

Nice set of handles Jim

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#10 posted 09-05-2013 01:46 AM

Really nice Jim. I’m sure yer gonna use these a lot

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#11 posted 09-05-2013 10:09 AM

Very nice Jim. Enjoyed reading your blog.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#12 posted 09-05-2013 07:07 PM

NICE JOB on the handles!

Interesting Thread Following tools… will look at the use of them…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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nomercadies

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#13 posted 09-06-2013 12:13 AM

Thank you Jim. Very nice. The smarts in this part of the internet is so concentrated … you boost the average IQ’s I’m sure. On the low end I hope my abilities can help keep everyone humble.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#14 posted 09-06-2013 12:31 AM

Hi Larry, I use my metal lathe a lot to support woodworking. I’m using it tonight to bore and turn some tight tolerance pieces for my next project. I could maybe do these on the wood lathe, but not as accurate. I make a lot of brass ferrules on there out of anything I can find.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 09-11-2013 05:22 PM

I had an occasion to do a demo of the thread chasers at the W Mich Woodworkers guild meeting last night so I needed some way to carry all my tools without having to throw them in a box so I sewed up this roll up tote.
It is made from white vinyl and will hold 15 tools….....3 gouges point down and the rest point up.
Here it is:


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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