For every application, there is an appropriate tool. When it comes to metal working tools Canada is a major player in production, use, and repair.
Tools for use with sturdy metals come in a few basic categories. Let’s start with the basics
Marking and Measuring:
For marking and measuring, a scribe or razor knife is great for making very fine lines. For jobs where a ruler is not accurate enough, use a pair of dial calipers. Although they come in a few sizes, the 6″ is the most generally useful.
You may also find it useful to have small machinist’s square. They are great for making marks across a piece and are more accurate than the conventional square that you might use for woodworking. Use a center punch instead of a screwdriver to make precise markings.
When a hand drill just won’t do, use a drill press for drilling holes. For your safety, you’ll want to use a vise to hold your workpiece in place when working on a drill press. There are many types of vises, but many are equipped with ears/mounting lugs so that they can be bolted to the drill press table.
Drill bits will also be an important tool for drilling projects, of course. There are many many options depending on type of materials they are made of, which metal you are working with, lengths, and widths. Find the right drill bit for your specific job.
You’ll inevitably need to cut a piece of stock for a metal working project, which is when a good saw comes in handy. A hacksaw, band saw, miter saw, or a manual cold saw, among others, will do the trick for you. The type of saw you use will depend on the exact project and the thickness of the material you are working with, and they require extreme care in use to avoid injury. They can also get pretty expensive, like in the thousands of dollars. However, you can be sure these machines are precision made to handle tough jobs, will be built to last, and will be useful for a variety of applications.
A central tool to this type of work, welders can fuse pieces of metal together. Newer versions are much safer, many use no gas, and are constructed with protective shielding. Of course, there are lots of specific welders such as tig welders, mig welders, stick welders, and more, specifically designed for materials and material thickness.
Among other tools for working with metal, you’ll need abrasives for sanding and grinding, finishing tools, and other accessories. We hope this basic guide has been a helpful start to your woodworking project.