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Cutting Threaded Rod
cutting threaded rod image 1 Cutting threaded rod isn't hard – all you need is a hacksaw and a vise. Right?

But how many times have you had the rod spin as you try to make the cut only to crush the threads when you tightened the jaws of the vise? Or simply ended up with a mangled less-than-straight cut? Here's a simple way to make this job a lot cleaner.
cutting threaded rod image 2 Instead of clamping the threaded rod directly in the vise, I use an ordinary wood block that I can tighten in the vise, see drawing above. The rod passes through a hole drilled near the end of the block. And a thin kerf guides the hacksaw blade while I make the cut.

Already this is an improvement. But you can also prevent the rod from spinning as you make the cut, by threading a nut on each end until it's snug (but not tight) against the block, see
Detail 'a.'

cutting threaded rod image 3 The nut remaining on the cutoff piece can be used to clean up the threads damaged by the saw. To re-cut the threads, just remove the nut as shown in Detail 'b.'
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