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I wonder if it would work to use a metal cutting set on wood.

The male end could be done on a metal lathe. The tap, you may have to get a machinist to fabricate. Depending on the project that might also be possible on a lathe if the part would fit the chuck
I had a 2.25 inch x 8 TPI tap for my SouthBend metal lathe. I tapped a few pieces wooden planks to use as face plates to try to use the lathe for wood as well.. The tap's cutting edges just weren't right for cuttng threads across the grain, Oh they worked fair, using a metal lathe for wood turning is a bad idea all round.
 

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And that assumes that he knows the difference between a wood tap and die and metal tap and die. I once bought a barrel for an antique gun for a reasonable price and then found out the barrel maker in Montana did not understand the difference between American SAE fine threads and English fine Threads, (both 1 x 14) The American threads have a different depth and angles of peaks and the barrel was unusable because of the thread difference.
 
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