How to Make Thread on a Wood Dowel

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How to Make Thread on a Wood Dowel
Antique screw clamps use thread-cut dowels. (Antique Wooden Screw Clamp image by Scott Williams from

Wooden dowels, or pegs, have a variety of woodworking uses. Sometimes, however, the smooth cylinders won't hold two pieces together. Cutting threads into the wooden dowel gives the peg a place for wood glue to hold. Most thread-cutting kits have a male and female component. This allows you to cut corresponding threads in a wooden hole to fit the threads on the dowel, giving you, in essence, the ability to create a wooden screw.

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Things you need

  • Dowel
  • Hand saw
  • Vice
  • Thread cutter
  • Hammer

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  1. 1

    Cut a 6-inch section of dowel.

  2. 2

    Place the end of the dowel in a vice so that the majority of the dowel is sticking straight up.

  3. 3

    Place the thread cutter on the top of the dowel. Tap the cutter with a hammer. This makes the first cut and seats the cutter on the dowel.

  4. 4

    Turn the cutter clockwise on the dowel. Depending on your model of thread cutter, it may have a handle, attach to a router, or you may just have to twist the cutter by hand.

  5. 5

    Twist the cutter counterclockwise. It will crawl up the dowel. Before it reaches the top, turn the cutter clockwise and cut the threads a second time. This smooths the threads you have cut.

Tips and warnings

  • Cut threads into a hardwood dowel. Soft woods such as pine and birch are easier to cut, but the threads are more fragile and easily broken down.
  • Some models of thread cutters are designed for a specific diameter dowel. Be sure that the dowel fits the cutter.

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