Works well after you work out the kinks

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Review by cmaeda posted 05-05-2009 09:43 AM 4296 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got this so I can make my own vises. I also bought some 1 1/4” dowels to go along with it. This does require some practice to use. The instructions are very sparse and the construction was kind of cheap. The guide that is screwed onto the threader was installed incorrectly so it was difficult to remove. The threader had some scratches and small gouges on it. The tap was fine.
I tried it right out of the box. I followed the instruction, soaked the dowel in some BLO and then started using the threader. I was a little disappointed. I got a lot of tearout. So after fidgeting around, I found out that the big knob holds the v cutter and the 2 small screws hold the guide. I disassembled it, took out the v cutter and sharpened it with my spyderco ceramic stones. I assembled it again and tried again.
A lot better this time with some slight tearout. So I backed the cutter up and tried it again. I got slight tear out. I turned the threader the other way and took the threader out. I advanced the cutter slightly and tried again. Perfect!
So I figured out that I have to essentially cut the threads twice to get smooth threads.
I wish it had better instructions… I wasted a few hours to figure this out but now it works well.
The tap works as advertised. It is pretty simple to us.

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#1 posted 05-05-2009 02:52 PM

A few months ago I was looking at this set after seeing NOHO91 on YouTube (_ making a wooden bolt with a homemade tool. I tried his method but after many attempts had virtually no success. Obviously he’s just better than me. So, I began looking around for a screwbox and found this one but since all the reviews were virtually negative I decided to drop the whole idea. I figured there must be a “method” but wasn’t inspired enough to continue to pursue it.
Now with a little more insight, I may try again. Thanks for the review.


-- JMP

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#2 posted 05-05-2009 05:22 PM

Good review Thats thinking and hanging in there


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#3 posted 05-06-2009 03:55 AM

Thanks for the review. I’ve been wonderiing how good those work.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 05-06-2009 05:28 AM

Rockler also sells a screw box that basically uses a router to cut the threads. That should be ok too. I just like hand tools better, which is why I opted to get this one.
It did take 2 or 3 hours of tinkering to finally get clean, smooth threads.
The cutter was sharp but not really sharp if you know what I mean. That was what caused the most tearout on the threads.

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