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Monthly Meeting, Member Demonstration
Exploring Thread Chasing: A Journey into Traditional Woodturning
October 28, 2023, 9am - 12pm
Skip Wilbur
Bartlett Station Municipal Center
5868 Stage Rd, Bartlett, TN 38134, USA
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Over the years, I've been crafting threaded acorn boxes, primarily using the Baxter Thread Master. However, my woodworking journey took an unexpected turn when I dusted off a set of threading tools by Robert Sorby that had long been forgotten in a drawer. This rediscovery happened during a moment of boredom, and it reignited my curiosity.

My aim here is to pique your interest in this traditional method of threading. To become proficient at thread chasing, you'll need two essential ingredients: practice and patience. Throughout this exploration, I'll share some time-saving tips and insights gained from my own avoidable mistakes. We'll delve into topics like selecting the right wood for thread chasing, exploring alternative methods, and considering substitute materials.

I'll guide you through honing and customizing your tools straight out of the box, as well as the art of sharpening them. Additionally, I'll introduce you to some supplementary tools that can be incredibly helpful in this process and even teach you how to create them.

Ultimately, my goal is to demystify this technique and, if time allows, complete a project together. By the end of this journey, I'm confident you’ll agree this is a fun way to entertain yourself in front of your lathe.

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Bird house
Any woodturning that looks like a bird house.
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