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

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 (in part 2). I videotaped Barry's commentary and divided it into 3 parts: part 1 - various taps and their uses, part 2: tapping fluids and lubricants, and part 3 - tap handle designs and limitations. Read More »

Shop Tour: Jim Schroeder Shows Us Around His Metalworking Shop!

Shop Tour: Jim Schroeder Shows Us Around His Metalworking Shop!

Last year Jim Schroeder agreed to let me visit his shop for a “tour”. He showed me his tools and equipment, as well as several excellent projects that he’s completed over the years, including a tool and cutter grinder that he’s modified from a design by Derek Brooks. I’ve included multiple videos in this post. First you’ll find a video ... Read More »

Grinding HSS Lathe Tools By Hand: Part 2 – Grinding a LH Tool

Grinding HSS Lathe Tools By Hand: Part 2 – Grinding a LH Tool

This is part 2 in 3-part series on grinding high speed steel lathe tools. Last week in part 1 Barry Young walked us through the process of grinding a right hand tool from a HSS tool blank. In this video, Barry will cover part 2 of the series as he shows us how to grind a left hand lathe tool from a HSS tool blank. The pace of this video is a bit faster since the process of grinding a LH tool is virtually identical to grinding a RH tool, except for the mirrored grinding angles. Coming next week in part 3 Barry will show us how to grind a threading tool. Enjoy! Read More »