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  • Lathe tools from taps

    I have seen references, including KC's recent one, to converting broken taps to round lathe bits. Does one discard the "threaded" portion or is there a way to use it?

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    The square end is usually annealed so use the flute end for a cutting edge.
    Tap shanks aren't as hard as a lathe tool but will cut softer materials.
    A broken end mill may work better for you.
    kap

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