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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.
ALL CHANGES ARE MADEWITH THE LATHEPOWERED OFF