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    You could also catch your hand on one of them...

    You could also catch your hand on one of them while you are spinning a feed handle. Just be careful.
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    Not really a good idea. They are recessed into...

    Not really a good idea. They are recessed into their holes for a reason - if they weren't, they would interfere with the operation of the compound and/or the cross-slide.

    But keep practicing,...
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    I don't actually "file" the flanks, more probably...

    I don't actually "file" the flanks, more probably just clean them out with a file. There are usually pieces of swarf "rolled" into the thread, which the file helps to break loose / remove.
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    I do the same for the threads with a triangle...

    I do the same for the threads with a triangle file, then hit the tops with a mill smooth file, then wire brush. You can do this at high speed, too. The threads come out so smooth, I think I'm...
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    I do spring passes until nothing more comes off...

    I do spring passes until nothing more comes off the part. HSS is great for threads, but the profile has to be fairly exact (and you have to grind it by hand) - carbide eliminates the manual profile...
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    The Rigid stuff isn't any good any more. Pick up...

    The Rigid stuff isn't any good any more. Pick up the OAKLEY dark cutting oil. It has both the SULPHUR and the CHLORINE that limits chip welding to the cutting tool (and thus crappy threads).

    As...
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