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Absolute Beginners Guide to Lathe Threading

Absolute Beginners Guide to Lathe Threading

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Published by Randy Wilson
A beginners guide to threading on the lathe DRAFT
A beginners guide to threading on the lathe DRAFT

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Published by: Randy Wilson on Jun 30, 2011
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Created by Randy Wilson (Randy803@gmail.com)Public Domain
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 Absolute BeginnersSeries
Threading on the latheGunsmith Shop Notes Section 5 
Created by Randy Wilson (Randy803@gmail.com)Public Domain
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THREADING ON THE LATHEI have some good news for you! Once you learn to thread on thelathe the rest of your lathe education is all downhill. Myfriends watch me thread on my lathe and ask question afterquestion. They are always amazed at how the process looks like afine choreographed dance.The fact is threading is super easy once you understand how todo it. Learning to
thread from a book however isn’t the best or
iest way to pick it up so you’re going to have to stick with
me and pay attention.Many years ago when I first started out with my metal lathe Ihad no mentor and was trying to learn to cut threads on thelathe. I read a few good books and did everything they told mebut my threads looked like crap. One day a seasoned elderlygunsmith happened to drop by my shop while I was busy ruiningsome threads and he showed me how to really do it. Thesurprising thing is that I had read everything he SHOWED me butunt
il he showed me I just didn’t understand. I hope you are
smarter than me!
Let’s start real simple, get a piece of round stock and mount it
up in your lathe chuck and dial it in true. Use a piece of roundstock at least 1 inch in diameter for this.
Assumption: You have a modern lathe with a quick change gear set. You know what the parts of your lathe are called. You know how to dial in your work piece true or have a good three jaw chuck.
Now I want you to set up your lathe to cut 28 threads per inch.
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Your lathe should have a diagram similar to this
 Your lathe may look very different but the principle will be thesame, you have two handles, one controls the ALPHA digits andone controls the NUMRIC digits. Look closely on this picture andyou can see to get 28 threads per inch you will need to set thehandles at B and 7. Were you able to follow me on this? Lookclosely at the chart for 28 with a RED arrow pointing to it.Then you will see two green dots marking the 7 and the B. Yousimply look at the thread pitch number MARKED WITH RED ARROW andwork up to the number (7) and across to the Letter (B) then setyour handles to correspond, simple huh?

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