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SMP

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07-19-2021 10:37 PM

i want to make the portable workbench that Lee Valley just posted in an email. it looks like to make the wood screw i need to find a way to creat them. it looks like the Beal tools wood threader might be the best option. anybody use one?
https://bealltool.com/products/threading/threader.php


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MikeB_UK

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#1 posted 07-19-2021 10:51 PM

Never used the Beal one, these work well though, can get them in sizes up to 1 1/2 inch diameter.

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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#2 posted 07-19-2021 11:20 PM

I have the Beall system. Only used it a couple of times. Takes a bit of time to set up. Mostly the cutter doesn’t go as far out as I would have thought. You’ll need a nut to check your set up. Once you’re ready it goes well.

I saw the same article from Lee Valley and also may make one,

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#3 posted 07-19-2021 11:22 PM



Never used the Beal one, these work well though, can get them in sizes up to 1 1/2 inch diameter.

- MikeB_UK

i looked at reviews of those and there were a lot of bad reviews saying that they could only make a few before getting dull and impossible to sharpen. have you used them a lot? i figured with the Beall setup i just get another router bit.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#4 posted 07-20-2021 02:05 AM

Yep… and love it.

I’ve been hanging out to do a review but always found something else to do.

I’ve had a full set of the above mentioned ones and now they’re in my scrap bin that is usually scrounged by my “cheap friends”.

If you want a full set, the Beall set is cheaper than a full set of those block ones.

The catch is, that you do require a “router” for the Beall, however, most woodies have one… naturally a trimmer is better and I do recommend one with micro adjustment… I have dedicated a Bos¢h GMR1 trimmer (see pottzy I can be lower class) which has proper micro adjustment…

Their (Beall) threader had a 1” lead in to ensure the thread is perpendicular… unless your tapping horizontaly (or compound angles).

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#5 posted 07-20-2021 06:20 AM


i looked at reviews of those and there were a lot of bad reviews saying that they could only make a few before getting dull and impossible to sharpen. have you used them a lot? i figured with the Beall setup i just get another router bit.

- SMP


The cutter is essentially just a V gouge, so no problem sharpening it..
If you don’t freehand sharpen they probably aren’t that easy to sharpen though.
https://cdn.axminstertools.com/media/catalog/product/cache/5a7ae93965a290622b2a179c050d4180/3/4/340214_xl.jpg

Of course I don’t have a router so the beale one was out of the running for me.

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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#6 posted 07-20-2021 08:27 AM

I’m guessing that the complaints were making threads in some super hardwoods. They are just a 1/4” shafted V gouge that can be purchased from any reputable router bit brand dealer.

I can’t put a figure on how many meters I’ve cut and am still on my first bit… I bought 3 when I made the purchase with 2 still sitting in their original package un-opened (well sort of, they come loose)....
All I can say is that it’s not the best in pine as it chips so I have used Tassie Oak extensively, when it wasn’t “exotics”... and with what I’ve cut, I wouldn’t complain if the bit got dull.

When it comes to reviews, complaints about the router bit is total bullshit… or at least miscontrived crap. The purchase was for the jig and I’ve no idea how they used/abused the bit… they could have changed the bit for a more expensive better one…
Hell, I’ve read reviews like, idiots complaining that after only two years of continual use, their sanding pad didn’t work any more and gets clogged up.

’B_UK ... this may be a great excuse tio buy a router… every woodworker should have at least 1/2 dozen (or the metric equivalent) of them.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#7 posted 07-20-2021 09:46 AM

B_UK ... this may be a great excuse tio buy a router… every woodworker should have at least 1/2 dozen (or the metric equivalent) of them.

- LittleBlackDuck


I don’t have any power tools – Lack of space and I’m kind of clumsy – it takes a lot more effort and determination to cut something important off with hand tools :)

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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#8 posted 07-20-2021 10:05 AM

I don t have any power tools – Lack of space and I m kind of clumsy – it takes a lot more effort and determination to cut something important off with hand tools :)

- MikeB-UK


Don’t believe the hype… hand tools will not save this planet from climate change… we must stop chopping down trees and it’s easier to cut rock with power tools….

PS. When you get too my age, there’s nothing too important to cut off with either, power, hand or toolless type of tools… and if I did, I’d be tool less.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#9 posted 07-20-2021 06:21 PM

I have one and use it a bit. There is a learning curve and takes a bit of practice, but works well. The best advice is to be slow and steady when feeding the dowel, don’t stop and don’t backup.

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#10 posted 07-20-2021 07:58 PM

@LBD, i think you misunderstood me on the reviews. the unfavorable reviews i mentioned were in regard to the block style. but there are good reviews too so hard to gauge from Amazon users if the reviews aren’t based on user error

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#11 posted 07-20-2021 09:45 PM



@LBD, i think you misunderstood me on the reviews….
- SMP

I stand corrected SMP...

Nevertheless, my basic stance is that I have both, love the Beall and the block ones has been permanently decommissioned…
Though I can’t recommend a micro adjustable trimmer/router enough as opposed to the rack and pinion type… however, my recommendation stands for routers/trimmers in general outside just thread usage.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#12 posted 07-20-2021 10:46 PM


@LBD, i think you misunderstood me on the reviews….
- SMP

I stand corrected SMP...

Nevertheless, my basic stance is that I have both, love the Beall and the block ones has been permanently decommissioned…
Though I can t recommend a micro adjustable trimmer/router enough as opposed to the rack and pinion type… however, my recommendation stands for routers/trimmers in general outside just thread usage.

- LittleBlackDuck

ok thanks for that, i need a new trimmer router anyways for some other projects so i’ll look at that Bosch. i had like 5 routers but most were junk, ryobi etc. i gave away a couple and only have my Bosch 1617 left, but it basically lives in my router table.

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#13 posted 07-21-2021 04:43 AM



ok thanks for that, i need a new trimmer router anyways for some other projects so i’ll look at that Bosch. i had like 5 routers but most were junk, ryobi etc. i gave away a couple and only have my Bosch 1617 left, but it basically lives in my router table.

- SMP


Actually I don’t mind the Ryobi trimmers… I have 3 (2 old models and 1 latest) and are all dedicated 1 trick ponies… their latest has a great micro adjustment… and if you have the batteries, a good 3rd. or 4th. fall back.
I can only talk about what I have and as mentioned the Bos¢h GMR1 was what I got for the Beall threader… albeit corded ... do love my Milwaukee. I believe DeWalt does a mean trimmer, haven’t used or seen it so I don’t know about micro adjustment.
You may have guessed by now that I swear (too much) by micro adjustment, but then that may be due to my fat fingers as many don’t mind either way. I find with the rack and pinion systems I always pass the mark and then have to move up and pass the mark, and back down and pass the mark etc… I think you get the picture… and after many test runs/cuts I hit the spot. With micro adjustment, you can sneak up and have to be clumsier than me to go past the mark… less test cuts and you always get closer and never move away (usually).

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#14 posted 07-21-2021 04:54 AM


Actually I don t mind the Ryobi trimmers… I have 3

- LittleBlackDuck

And you dare to call anyone a Philistine?

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#15 posted 07-21-2021 04:59 AM

the Ryobi router i had was a plunge router i got in the early 90s. it wobbled more than a Chevy Corsair. i also had the first Cordless router ever made by Porter Cable and the batteries were impossible to get. so i kind of need to redo the herd a bit. i do have some ryobi 18v li batteries from other tools

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