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    Looking for thread cutter attachements

    I have sorta/kinda learned to chase threads by hand and have a set of tools to so do, but in a lot of the books I look at, I see a small cutter wheel that is used for cutting threads and suspect the threads might be more consistent than those I cut by hand.

    I've done a search for a mfgr or source, but haven't found anything to date.. anyone have an idea of where I might find these and what their costs might be... on my limited budget, I may have to stick with the hand chasing and work on perfecting the technique.
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    I have this, what I was wondering about is the round wheel like cutter that I see in some of my magazines and books.

    I can get a relatively decent thread on this, but not as consistently as I would like. Still need more practice.
    Chuck
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Townend View Post
    There are other options, like the following from Dieter Schmid:

    This isn't what I'm looking for either.. this looks like a tap/die set.

    The tool looks like a router bit that appears to fit onto an screw drive attachment that cuts the threads. The cutter is a multi-point star like tool.
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    That's closer, but the cutter fits the lathe and not the router... but I didn't look on Beall's site.. may have to check there.
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    Check out Bonnie Klein's site. I know she markets her design thread cutter she uses on her small boxes. I think Best Woodworking also sells one. I looked at them but I think they were around $300.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Ellis View Post
    That's closer, but the cutter fits the lathe and not the router... but I didn't look on Beall's site.. may have to check there.
    A friend, who is a member of my woodturning club and is also a machinist, has made his own lathe with thread cutting features. It is a complex device that self-feeds. The cutter wheel turns at quite a high speed. This is necessary to make smooth threads.
    I believe if you find what you are looking for your wallet will take a very hard hit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    A friend, who is a member of my woodturning club and is also a machinist, has made his own lathe with thread cutting features. It is a complex device that self-feeds. The cutter wheel turns at quite a high speed. This is necessary to make smooth threads.
    I believe if you find what you are looking for your wallet will take a very hard hit.
    Probably not, I'm very very close to my wallet..you must remember that I'm for Scot/Irish descent with a Hebrew origin name.
    I'm thinking I may just need some more practice on the hand chasers.
    Chuck
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    You might want to check out this book:

    http://www.amazon.com/Making-Screw-T...255179&sr=8-11

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    Here's what Dale was referring to on Bonnie Klein's site:

    [Klein Threading Jig]

    While researching the same topic a few weeks ago, I ran across a similar offering from a different outfit. I believe it was less expensive, but not drastically so. I'll see if I can dig that info up again.

    BTW, even though Bonnie's jig mounts to the lathe, it's more of a convenience than a necessity. I watched the video that Bonnie put out (10+ years ago) about her jig. In the video she used a standalone prototype (which she worked on for 2 years) to show the principles involved. She credited someone else with giving her the idea of developing a lathe-mounted version.

    Mounting the jig on the lathe means that you can take advantage of a sturdy, pre-aligned setup which uses the chuck that already fits on your spindle, etc etc. But OUCH ... what a price!

    Lately, I've started looking into [the Beall system] more. It uses your router instead of your lathe, but it costs less than half the price of the Klein. As you might expect, it's also less versatile ... but it may be able to handle dowel/hole sizes smaller than the Klein jig's minimum.

    Sigh ... choices, choices.

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    If you want to make one for yourself, here you go...........

    >> Craft House Mana <<

    This fellow is an amazing guy, he does so much with so few tools, I've talked to him on the phone, but I've not yet had the chance to meet him.

    These are his "English" pages, so forgive the sometimes odd translations.

    Cheers!

    PS here is a >> link << to his drawing of the jig, it give the various dimensions etc.
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