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Wood threading kit question

Just purchased a 3/4" wood threading kit from Woodcraft. Looks like a lot of others on the market. Instructions say to lubricate dowel with linseed oil.

My impatience led me to try to cut threads on an oak dowel using soap and then vegetable oil til I could go get some linseed oil. Soap was a no go and the veg oil sorta worked but the jig would bind up.

My question is "will the linseed oil solve the binding problem?" I've watched their video and it looks so easy to do.

Any info or tips would be greatly appreciated!
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I use Johnson's paste wax. Wood choice and how sharp the tool is has more affect than what lubricant you use. The first thing I did after getting the kit was to sharpen and hone the cutter until it was shiny and bright. It definitely cut better. Try it on several different woods to see what works the best for you.
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I use Johnson's paste wax. Wood choice and how sharp the tool is has more affect than what lubricant you use. The first thing I did after getting the kit was to sharpen and hone the cutter until it was shiny and bright. It definitely cut better. Try it on several different woods to see what works the best for you.
As this tool is BRAND NEW should it need to be sharpened? I have no clue how to do that. I stepped up to the oak dowel (more expensive) cuz the generic "hardwood" dowel at HD was too soft.

Those were my only two choices.
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With the exception of some very high end hand planes I have never met a woodworking tool that came sharp enough right out of the can. All you have to do on that tool is to remove the cutter and then polish the bevel of the tool at the same angle it is already sharpened. I use diamond hones I buy at my local knife shop. You could just as easily use sandpaper glued to a stick. I polish to about 1200 grit. For carving tools I use a leather strop with green compound I buy from Lee Valley tools.
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