Cutting Threads into a Steel Rod
Clamp the steel rod into the bench vice securely. Use the metal file to create a beveled surface along the edge of the rounded part of the rod.
Measure the gauge of the threads on the hexagon nut using the thread gauge. Depending on the type of nut you are using the threads may either be course or fine and metric or standard. Record the size of the threads by looking at the marking on the side of the gauge.
Select the correct die from the die set that correlates with your gauge reading from Step 2. Secure the die into the die wrench by tightening the set screws on both sides of the wrench until the die is firmly seated.
Apply cutting fluid to the steel rod. Position the die wrench perpendicular to the steel rod.
Turn the die wrench in a clockwise motion as you apply pressure. For every turn of the wrench back it off one-half turn. Continue to turn the die wrench until the required length of steel rod is threaded.
Clean the threads with the shop towel to remove any metal shavings and excess cutting fluid.
Tighten the hexagon nut onto the new threads of the steel rod. Run the nut the full length of the threads and reverse it back off.