Cutting Tool to Make Screw Threads on Broom Handles

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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.

Things You'll Need

  • Vise
  • Soft cloth
  • Wooden thread-cutting die
  • Wrap the towel around the middle of the broom handle.

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

  • 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.

  • 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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References

  • "The Complete Book of Woodworking"; Tom Carpenter; 2009
  • Photo Credit Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images
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