Metalworking is a very useful skill.
For most people metalworking will be taught at school if you are lucky. Some people may then choose a career working with metal in which case most people will do some form of apprenticeship. For people that want to work with metal but have not learnt it at school and so not have chance to be an apprentice the videos below will help somewhat in showing how to work with metal.
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Speedtaps are a very fast way to tap drilled holes. The speedtaps are made from M2 steel and nitrate coated to make them extremely tough. The hexagonal heads on the speedtaps correspond with the head on the bolt so you use the same socket for the speedtap
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This video shows how to use a mag base drill, or magnetic base drill. Magnetic base drills are widely used in all industrial and construction environments and are one of the most useful drills that you can possibly imagine. Sometimes there is no steel forFeatured
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The Evolution Rage 3s 210mm has a maximum metal cutting capacity of 6mm, but in this demonstration I cut through a piece of steel channel that measures 200mm by 100mm and is roughly 10mm thick in places. It’s not recommended to cut such large pieces
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This video shows how to cut a bolt using a hacksaw or a pair of electrical crimping pliers. Cutting a bolt has never been so easy!Featured
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Dewalt cobalt pilot drill bits are specifically designed to drill a single hole in tough metals such as stainless steel without the need for a pilot hole. This is possible due to the clever design of the drill bit’s tip which incorporates a smaller
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When drilling metal you are often restricted by the size of the drill’s chuck but by using reduced shank drill bits, often called Blacksmiths drill bits you can easily drill larger holes as long as your drill has sufficient power.
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Chain drilling is a technique that is regularly used in metalworking if you do not have a milling machine or laser cutting machine available. You can use chain drilling to cut out virtually any shape at all from metal using a simple drill. When marking ou
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A bell punch is designed for centre punching the exact centre of a round bar. This inexpensive tool is very useful and is often called a bell centre punch. Marking the exact centre of a round bar has never been so easy !
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This video shows how to make a chain securing anchor from a piece of angle iron. Using anchors like this means that if a thief does manage to break into your garage there will be nothing expensive lying around that he or she can simply grab as all equipme
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Cutting holes in metal can be difficult, here we show the correct technique for doing this using a cordless drill with torque control and a good quality hole saw
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Step drills are the drill bit of choice for drilling holes in thin sheet metal, these step shaped drill bits make really light work of thin material which is typically difficult to drill using standard HSS drill bits.
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Tapping threads into thin metal is impossible; this is where the rivet nut comes in handy. These are known by several different names including rivet nuts, riv nuts or nutserts. Once the rivet nut is expanded in the hole it leaves a permanent thread which
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Here we drill a 26mm hole through some 5mm thick mild steel using a home pillar drill and hole saw.
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Metal can easily be chamfered using a file or angle grinder, this video shows how to chamfer a piece of laser cut metal.
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Unistrut or Vantrunk galvanised channel is very useful for people that wish to make things from metal, but cannot weld. This type of channel is very adaptable and can be used almost anywhere to make brackets etc.
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Moving small vehicles such as quad bikes or ride on lawn mowers can be difficult, especially if you need to move the vehicle to a different level. Here we make a pair of steel ramps, which are lined with Aluminium checker plate which means that a vehicle