Turn Any Nut Into a Die

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Introduction: Turn Any Nut Into a Die

About: I am the author of "The Art of Fixing Things," www.theartoffixingthings.com

Use a triangular file to create a die out of any nut. A die is used to restore the threads on a bolt. You should carefully screw it onto and back off of the damaged threads, using a few drops of oil to lubricate. Remove the metal shavings.

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    Do you think it can be used to thread a copper rod?

    sso in a pinch could I thread a steel rod with this?

    can you show us some exampls of threaded dowels please?.

    I tried that in the past on a 1" beech dowel soaked in linseed oil, it tears and crushes the fibers. A notced bolt will work as a tap but this one won't work as a die.

    Awesome cool idea! Maybe stainless steel would be good for strength. Or m8 locknuts which are pretty much hard tool steel.

    It is also a good idea to harden it before use by heating to red hot and quenching

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    especially good if you quench it in something like used motor oil which will add carbon.

    good to know -- do you have more photos of the process?

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    No, thats basically it. One nut, one file.