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The Files Every Machinist Should Have in His Toolbox

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Recently I was putting together my Christmas list and I asked my friend Barry Young for his opinion on selecting files for the machine shop. I have a set of inexpensive needle files that are adequate for plastics and soft metals, but they haven't held up well when I've used them on steel. I needed to upgrade to a better set of files and I had my eye on a 12 piece set of Nicholson needle file. But before I added them to my Christmas wish-list I wanted his opinion. This article contains his educational reply. Read More »

10+ Christmas Gift Ideas for the Machinist or Hobby Metalworker

Every year my wife struggles to think of what to get me for the holidays. So this year I decided to give her a wish-list of tools in various price ranges. That way no matter what gift(s) she put under the tree, we both knew they would be something I would use and enjoy. Then it occurred to me that this list might be helpful for others. So if you want to make things easy on your wife, kids, or anyone else who might be shopping for you this holiday season, email them a link to this post, or print it out and circle your choices, or make a similar list of your own ... Read More »

Video: An Introduction to Stones in the Machine Shop

Barry Young (author of the “Norman Newguy” column) walks us through the various stones he keeps in his tool box. His stones range from rare Hard Arkansas to cheap dollar store stones. Barry not only discusses different stones and their uses, he also explains how to flatten badly worn stones, how to tell natural stone from man-made, etc. He also ... Read More »

Tool List for the Beginner Amateur Machinist

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First, let me say that this list will never be complete. Second, if you asked 10 machinists to put together a list like this, you’d get back 10 different lists. Because of this, my list will be contested by many readers, of that I’m sure. If you think I’ve omitted something, please post a comment. I’m sure this list will ... Read More »