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The Basics of Metalworking Taps, Tapping Fluids, & Tap Handles

I had a chance to sit down with Barry Young a while back and I asked him to talk about taps, tapping fluids, and tap handles. I wanted his overview to be as basic as possible so it would be beneficial to beginners, but I ended up learning a few things myself – especially about novel cutting fluids (part 2). …

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Grinding HSS Lathe Tools By Hand: Part 3 – Grinding a Threading Tool

Grinding HSS Lathe Tools By Hand: Part 3 – Grinding a Threading Tool

In this final video of Barry’s 3-part series on grinding HSS lathe tools Barry walks us through the process of grinding a threading tool. If you missed part 1 or part 2, they can be found here: Grinding HSS Lathe Tools: Part 1 – Grinding a RH Tool Grinding HSS Lathe Tools: Part 2 – Grinding a LH Tool Grinding …

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Grinding HSS Lathe Tools By Hand: Part 1 – Grinding a RH Tool

Grinding HSS Lathe Tools By Hand: Part 1 – Grinding a RH Tool

Over the next few weeks I’m going to be publishing a a series of how-to videos on grinding High Speed Steel (HSS) lathe tools by hand. The three part series covers the following: Part 1: Grinding a Right Hand (RH) Tool Part 2: Grinding a Left Hand (LH) Tool Part 3: Grinding a Threading Tool These videos were produced in …

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An Introduction to Paints and Painting Tips for the Machine Shop

I’m a hobby machinist with very little knowledge about paints and painting things like restored machines. I’ve painted a few things in the past, like my restored Atlas MFC mill, but I wouldn’t consider myself skilled or knowledgeable in any way. That’s why I was so excited to see a few posts on the forum from Jim (Modela) talking about …

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Shop Tip: Cleaning and Refurbishing a Drill Chuck

by Alexander M. We have all read Blame’s post about cleaning out the dust and old grease, to reduce wear and improve concentricity.  But what about drill chucks, they certainly can benefit from disassembly and cleaning, however the lack of screws make it seem impossible to disassemble. It turns out that by pressing out the sleeve, the whole thing unravels. Here …

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