Cutting tool to make screw threads on broom handles

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Cutting tool to make screw threads on broom handles
Taps and dies are used to cut matching pairs of threads. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Mated pairs of threads, such as those found on nuts and bolts, are cut with a "tap and die." While different type of taps and dies are used for different types of projects, the procedure is virtually identical; a tap fits into the female part of the pair whereas a die is inserted over the male section. For woodworking projects a wood die, also referred to as a wood thread-cutting tool, is used to make screw threads on objects such as broom handles.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Vice
  • Soft cloth
  • Wooden thread-cutting die

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  1. 1

    Wrap the towel around the middle of the broom handle.

  2. 2

    Place the middle of the broom handle, wrapped in the towel, into the vice. Close the vice until the broom handle is held securely. Do not over-tighten the vice or you risk cracking the wood.

  3. 3

    Place the die over the bottom end of the broom handle. Grasp the handles of the die and rotate the die clockwise, twisting the die down onto the shaft.

  4. 4

    Continue twisting the die onto the broom handle until the die has cut the threads to a sufficient depth to accept the broom head.

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