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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A look at some of the disks available for fixing to an angle grinder
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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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How to tap a threaded hole into a piece of metal
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Pack drilling is often used when several items need drilling in the same position. It is essential when pack drilling that the materials are clamped together as tightly as possible or else a piece of material in the middle of the pack could work loose and
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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 speedtapFeatured
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Metal drill types, this video is one of three on drilling metal.
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Heavy duty angle brackets are extremely useful; these can be used to store ladders on walls or can be used for very heavy duty shelving.
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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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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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steel can behardened by having a high carbon content, heat treatment or by work hardening. Cutting hardened steel with any type of saw is almost impossible!
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Finding the centre of a round bar can be difficult and time consuming. In this video I use a round bar centre finder which can be purchased on ebay for less than £6 http://fave.co/2sdV94Q This enables you to find the centre of ant round bar, tube or
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Drilling metal is not too difficult as long as you use the correct equipment. Here we showhow to drill steel using a hand drill and HSS drill bit.
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Cutting steel bar or tube is often difficult unless you have access to a metal cutting band saw. Here we use a Dewalt D28710 metal cutting chop saw to cut a piece of 20mm square steel bar.
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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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How to tap a hole using a cordless drill and a taper tap.
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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.