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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How to identify hardened steel, You can easily tell if steel is hardened or not by testing it with a file.
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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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How to cut sheet steel using a jigsaw with a metal cutting blade.
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Cutting aluminium can be harmful if not done correctly.
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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 piecesFeatured
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How to use blind rivets to join two thin pieces of metal together
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Helicoils or thread inserts are very useful if a tapped hole has become stripped of it's threads. By using the thread repair kit it is possible to repair the stripped thread so that the hole can accept a threaded bolt again.
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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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How to cut threaded bar or threaded rod so that it is easy to get the nut onto the bar.
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Here we drill a 26mm hole through some 5mm thick mild steel using a home pillar drill and hole saw.