Didn't have a small die holder for the 13/16" dies, so I decided to make one today. Had to put the 3jaw back on the lathe for the first time in a while. Once the chuck end was turned down, I put the collet chuck back on to finish the project.
I need to make one as well but I only have a few 13/16" round dies. I have SAE and metric Craftsman tap and die sets that have hex shaped dies. I use the hex holder and a live center to get the die started straight, then brace the handle against the tool post, it takes some effort to cut 1/2" threads, I use an eight inch Crescent wrench on the 4" three jaw chuck jaw to turn the work.
I think I'm ready for a big boy lathe. I'm looking at November for purchasing a PM 1130V, or sooner if I go with the PM 1022v. I do like the 1.5" spindle bore on the 1130. It also has the D4-1 cam lock system.