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Forum topic by DavidL41 posted 03-26-2015 05:07 PM 862 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-26-2015 05:07 PM

What is the name of the tool that makes screw threads in wood and to make the threads for the dowel?
Is there a manual version of this tools?
Can this same tool be used to make this in steel?

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#1 posted 03-26-2015 05:10 PM

Tap and die for wood. Yes they are manual, No they can’t beused in metal. depending on the wood species, sizw abd thread count metal taps and dies can make threads in wood. but not always successfully.

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#2 posted 03-26-2015 05:11 PM

David -These come in a lot of sizes: Check this one out:

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#3 posted 03-26-2015 10:14 PM

thanks a lot.

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#4 posted 03-26-2015 10:34 PM

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#5 posted 03-27-2015 11:01 AM

What thread size are we talking about here?

A regular tap (or even the screw itself) will work in hard wood, but for larger screws, you need one made for wood.

The Beall kits are pretty expensive, as I recall.

Woodcraft carries a 1 1/2” kit.

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#6 posted 03-27-2015 11:43 AM

I’ve used 1” & 1 1/2” SAE coarse taps for wood before. Cutting threads in wood dowels on a metal lathe is messy and not that great for the lathe either.

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#7 posted 03-27-2015 12:01 PM

By the by, you can use a regular hardened steel tap and die set for metal. In fact, most tap and die sets I’ve ever seen are made for metal. They make some for wood as well, but typically they are meant for metal. Something like the beall threader though… not made for metal, so don’t try it.

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#8 posted 03-27-2015 01:18 PM

I have drilled and tapped into oak to fit a machine screw and small enough works OK. (1/4”) I also have a 3/4” tap and die tool for wood. I have learned to only use this tool on hard wood like oak and soak it in linseed oil over night before trying to put threads on an oak dowel.

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