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Tool List for the Beginner

Shop Tip: EZ Tap Guides

by Russ Harman Girls, boys and all the ships at sea.  Did I include everyone?  OK, here is a super simple project to burn up a Saturday or a couple nights during the week while you are waiting for the Sea Chickens (aka Seattle Seahawks) to return for the playoffs.  Far better than watching run of the mill re-runs on …

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The Files Every Machinist Should Have in His Toolbox

files every machinist should have

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Tool List for the Beginner Amateur Machinist

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 …

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