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Forum topic by wiser1934 posted 11-06-2009 05:16 AM 1033 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-06-2009 05:16 AM

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i am having problems with threads chipping out. am using a thread box from woodcraft. any suggestions???

-- wiser1934, new york

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#1 posted 11-06-2009 05:21 AM

What kind of wood are you trying to thread?

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#2 posted 11-06-2009 08:28 PM

I found that it is good to lubricate with some wipe on wax. It also helps to take light cuts instead of going to full depth all at once. You can advance the cutter in small steps. I’m no expert at this, so there might be better advice out there, but I have been successful with my somewhat more cautious and slower approach. Also make sure the starting diameter on your dowels are appropriate for the threads you are cutting. I have had to do this on a trial and error basis, but there might be some more precise info out there.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 11-06-2009 08:58 PM

trying to thread maple dowels. also some cherry thanks

-- wiser1934, new york

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#4 posted 12-19-2011 11:28 PM

I have a 1” threading kit on order from my local woodcraft store.
The owner mentioned that some woods don’t thread well.
The problem is the thread cutter is cutting across the grain at relatively small distances.
If the wood isn’t dense or strong enough to hold the threads onto the center it will ‘tearout’ the threads.
He suggested I might have to stabilize the wood.
I’m trying to work out a good procedure to do that.
I’m thinking I might soak the end in superglue.
Hope someone has a good idea.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#5 posted 12-20-2011 01:45 AM

Try soaking the rod in mineral oil for a day or two. Then cut the threads.
I agree with the above that some do thread better than others.
Sharpening the blade will help too.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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