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A Shopmade Tap and Die
Your own personal thread.

There's a deep satisfaction in using taps and dies to make threaded fasteners that actually work.
There's an even deeper satisfaction to making the tap and die, and then using them to make fasteners with your own thread.
We will go through the moves to make our own matching tap and die (non-standard in both thread profile and and pitch).

Using wire as a guide, we will hand saw (then perhaps file) a thread on a rod, then taper, flute, and harden it, then use that tap to thread a hole which we will then taper and flute to make a die, and with that we will be able to cut the real thread on a new rod, and turn that into the real tap.

Will it be useful?
Hmmmm... practically speaking... well... no, not particularly so.
A lot will be learned, a much deeper appreciation for nuts and bolts will be gained, it should be satisfying, entertaining, educational, and possibly... fun.

Gift Certificates for A Shopmade Tap and Die are available.

12 hours in four 3-hour meetings    dates&times

Instructor: Carl West
Fee: $390 per student
Maximum 4 students, one per forge


Required: A rapid Covid test that day.
Yes, really, we're still asking for it in 2024.
It's still out there, and no fun at all.

The student will have taken at least our Rudiments II class or Nothing but Knives or be able to convince the instructor that they have practical experience with annealing, hardening, and tempering.

Please wear proper clothing for visiting or working in the forge:
closed toe shoes (preferably leather, preferably high-topped. Sneakers are sufficient, sandals, crocs, pumps, mules... are not), natural fiber clothing, long pants that cover the tops of the shoes.
Click here for more safety information.

Dates and Times:
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