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Forum topic by interpim posted 11-28-2009 05:26 AM 1488 views 1 time favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-28-2009 05:26 AM

I saw a Youtube video which has no audio, but the man doing the video is creating inside and outside threads on a lathe.
does anyone know how difficult this is? The video makes it look easy, but I can imagine it being quite difficult LOL.

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#1 posted 11-28-2009 07:34 AM

I believe the use of the thread chaser may be a little like that guy on TV cutting paper thin slices of tomatoes. Lots and lots of practice. It is really neat, however, to see it done.

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#2 posted 11-28-2009 07:48 AM

Cool video, well worth watching, thanks for posting!

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#3 posted 11-29-2009 12:14 PM

you’d have to get that tool in the exact same spot each time you started it.. wow, though!

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#4 posted 12-01-2009 03:30 AM

It is not as easy as it looks it never is… practice makes perfect….if you have ever turned then you know how quick things can go wrong

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#5 posted 12-01-2009 03:45 AM

Looks great looks like a very steady hand.

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#6 posted 12-01-2009 03:55 AM

There’s a video by Allan Batty, a well known English turner, that teaches you how to do thread chasing. I’ve never watched it, but you can buy it here:

You also have to buy the two chasers, which they sell for $80 for the pair.

I agree, it looks difficult to master.

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#7 posted 12-01-2009 04:03 AM

Robert Sorby has a set of those threaders for the lathe. I have been thinking of getting a set. I know it will take a lot of practise.

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#8 posted 12-01-2009 11:49 PM

The Allan batty video mentioned above is how i learned- thread chasing is fairly easy its just a bit of pratice-getting a matching pair of threads is the tricky bit!!
i’ve just done a blog entry with a threaded nut and bolt if you want to see threading used ina project.

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#9 posted 12-02-2009 02:34 AM

I think the decorations on the lid of the box might have been made with a chatter tool.

And it’s obvious (not only from the language) that it is a European turner, they turn at a much higher rpm than on this side of the pond.

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