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Intro To Metalworking Live Demo

Intro To Metalworking with PLSmithed

Priscilla & Luke Smith

In this class, we will give a brief overview of basic metalworking tips, discuss the different types of projects you can make as well as the tools and materials required. We’ll cover the difference between sculptural and structural, as well as the many fields and applications, from welding, blacksmithing, and even machining. Safety and prep are the number one for us when working in the metal shop and we’ll discuss it in greater detail. You will understand and learn the process of cutting, drilling, fusing and finishing, and how you can use basic woodworking tools you may already have in your shop. See the different tools and projects used in basic metal fabrication upclose as we explain them in more detail.

 Safety and Prep

●       PPE: Eyewear, ear protection, gloves, mask, welding helmet/goggles and jacket if welding or brazing

●       You can use a regular woodworking workbench but eventually you’ll want to get a metal working table. Make sure to have the following ready on hand: Tape measure, sharpie, tap, clamps (you can use woodworking clamps), magnets (if welding). For most metalworking projects you need to be able to cut, fuse, drill or shape (if project requires), and grind.

Tools: Some of these tools you might already have as a woodworker, and you can use them in your metalworking projects (you’ll just need different drill bits or blades). Don't let the absence of a tool stop you from building what you dream up!

●       Welder, welding pliers

●       angle grinder

●       Grinding discs wheels

●       magnets

●       Clamps

●       Bandsaw

●       Drill press/hand drill

●       Drill bits

What You Can Do With Metal

Metalworking is an umbrella term, and is fairly generic when it comes to describing what is actually happening, as there are a wide range of disciplines and materials used in the realm of metalwork that are specific to a certain procedure or end result.

For example, Fabrication is an additive process used for creating metal structures by cutting, bending, and assembling components. Conversely, you have a subtractive metalworking process such as Machining where parts are made using controlled removal of material. Then there is Forging, where pieces are shaped using localized, strategic compressive forces.

There are many specialties within the metalworking world, and some often overlap, but ultimately, it’s broken down into three main categories: Forming, Cutting, and Joining.

Be on the lookout for our in-depth video lesson coming out soon to guide you as you consider embarking on your metalworking journey. We will have a full blog covering suggested tools, products, BESSEY clamps, and tons of helpful hints to get you started.


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