top 10 list of must-have tools for every at-home metal fabrication workshop.
Duluth, MN (PRWEB) September 27, 2012
GizmoPlans, the experts in Do-It-Yourself plans and projects, have a top 10 list of must-have tools for every at-home metal fabrication workshop. From building a utility trailer to constructing residential handrails, nothing is more important to a builder than his tools. As the cooler temperatures settle in and the deadlines for projects begin to pile up, GizmoPlans suggests taking an inventory of fab shop tools to make sure they are present and in good working condition.
The top 10 fall check list includes:
- Wood and Steel drill bit set: Whether it’s a Black & Decker or Dewalt brand name, these bit sets are crucial to these types of projects. They also come in metric and inch size pieces, but before beginning any project, make sure all the sizes are present.
- Hand drill: A hand drill will be used to pierce sheet metal. Users should also have a smaller hand drills ready as well for those hard to reach spaces.
- Sabre saw: This is a reciprocating saw with a toothed blade used to cut through wood, and other items. When doing metal fab work it’s best to get a powered Sabre saw.
- Bench drill press 3/4" chuck capacity: The drill presses that come with axial laser guides are especially helpful for pre-drill measurements. Make sure this product is solid as it will need to plow through some heavy duty materials.
- Hand saw: These come in a variety of types because users might need to try one or two different approaches before finding out which one works best for their situation. Having a hacksaw, a coping saw, a keyhole saw and a crosscut saw (this is the most common one) on hand is a good idea.
- Clamps: After years of strain and stress, clamps may be in need of replacement. Before beginning any project, test the strength of the clamp to prevent slippage. While C-Clamps are extremely popular, high performance shop floor clamps might be more useful for fab shop projects.
- Bench belt sander: For users working with a wide range of materials, a combination bench sander might be the best way to go.
- Bench grinder: Before welding, these grinding machines can be used to clean or sharpen tools.
- Small (Dremel type) grinder: Users should get one with all types of grinding attachments because these will be used for enlarging sprocket center holes.
- Drift body punches: Ideal for lining up holes, these help align the rivet holes in two sheets of metal.
“Metal fabrication can’t be done without the right tools,” says Brian Luoma of Gizmoplans. “These ten represent the best investment an new craftsman can make. They certainly are the most valuable to have for completing many of the projects on Gizmoplans.com.”
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