Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Shopmade Threading Jigs

I am thrilled to have my article "Shop Made Threading Jig" appearing in the current April issue of the American Woodturner which subscribers should be out in early April.. This is the second article of mine the AAW has published. I have  another one due in the June or August issue. You can view or download a copy of the Shop Made Jig article here.   
Making your own jig is not for the faint of heart. It takes some woodworking skill and is probably more suited for someone who likes to make jigs and fixtures than someone that plans to do a lot of threading.  The project of making the jig started more than two years ago. Here is some supplemental material that did not make it into the article. It is a list of vendors, part numbers and prices.

Since I submitted  my article  for publication, I discovered a low cost unit made in the UK.  The EZ Threading Jig is what I use now for 16 tpi and is available from the US distributor here. It is smaller, works more smoothly and is quicker to set up than my shop made jig. I still use my shop made jig when I want 10 TPI. I have submitted a project review of the EZ Threading Jig for Woodturning Design but have no idea when it will be published. I am now working on an article for American Woodturner on how to use a  threading jig.It will include all of the tips and tricks I have gathered from other users as well as a few I discovered on my own.

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