I've made screws for Stanley handles on several occasions and thought I'd
share another source for dies.
A 1/4 20 split die will do the job. The one that I use was made by Little
Giant, although they can be readily found from a number of manufacturers
including Ward, and Greenlee. Sets can be found on the bay, or if you feel
particularly wealthy, are sold by such folks as McMaster Carr or MSC. I see them
quite often at local auctions. Each die half has a small screw which bears on
it, and is used to move that half in or out from the center. One can cut tight
or lose threads by adjusting these screws.
This picture shows the die in its holder.
Also shown is a variant that can be used with a brace. The screw is one that
I made last night from a 1/4 20 screw. I did turn it down to a 12 diameter
before cutting the threads.
The second picture shows the screw in the handle hole of a particularly gnarly
Gary Caron, York, PA where the winter cold is finally moving in
James D. Thompson
Once again, slapping self on forehead and exclaiming, "Why didn't I think
of that?" I have the 1/4-20 dies, but it never occurred to me that I
could cut a 12-20 thread with it. This was a great tip, and the first time I
have heard it.