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    WTB Thread Chasers

    I am looking for some thread chasers.I was sort of looking for Ray Iles Thread Chasers but the one place I found them they were out of stock.I am open to other brands if you have some you want to sell.

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    What sizes?
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    From what Ive read the finer sizes are easiest to learn with but Im not sure.Complete newbie on this.

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    Maybe I'm off topic here, But to me thread chasers are like thread dies used to clean up boogered threads
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    A different thing. I believe Mike is looking for the ones used to cut threads for threaded boxes on the lathe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Mooney View Post
    Maybe I'm off topic here, But to me thread chasers are like thread dies used to clean up boogered threads
    Dies cut new threads and can thin damaged metal straightening the thread. Chasers fold/push the thread back.

    To the OP, you might look at thread files as well. They are sold pretty much anywhere taps and dies are.

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    On the todo list...

    I managed to score a set of the 16tpi Ray Iles from TFWW last year in the discount scratch and dent bin for $40 - quite happy about that (sorry nope, not for sale).
    Also printed out the Fred Holder article from there:
    https://www.toolsforworkingwood.com/.../MS-THRDCH.pdf

    The sorby's are a bit cheaper:
    http://www.thebestthings.com/newtool...ding_tools.htm
    but I've heard the Iles are slightly nicer.

    Some folks seem to like these ones as well: http://www.markstleger.com/

    Until I got lucky on the TFWW sale I was going to just make one by grinding the top off of a tap (or even a hardened bolt) and put a handle on it - numerous others have done that and it seems to work fairly well...

    John Lucas came up with a rather clever way to make a more professional looking set:
    http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f6/ho...-chasers-9295/
    Not sure if they'd hold up as well as the hardened bolt/tap but they don't see a huge amount of traffic so maybe it doesn't matter to much. If you used some O1 or W1 bar stock you could harden yourself pretty easily.

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    Yes it the ones used to cut threads in lidded boxes or turnings.Thanks for the links etc everyone!

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    Once a year the local Rockler has the Sorby rep in and offers a 20% discount that day only. I happened to order a 20 tpi set last week. If you have a local store you might check as the Sorby rep is touring now. I've also seen Mark St. Leger demo his and he makes it look pretty easy. Any way you go, there is a pretty steep learning curve and the right wood makes a lot of difference. One of the reasons you see so many people do the threads as insets a opposed to cutting threads directly in the vessel. If money is no objet and you don't have an objection to machining over hand cutting, I'd also look at a threading jig like the Baxter Thread Master ($500) or the lathe jigs.com ($300). Personally I'm working on the learning curve a bit before investing that much.

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