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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). I videotaped Barry’s commentary and divided it into 3 parts:

Part 1: Taps

Part 2: Tapping Fluids and Lubricants

Part 3: Tap Handles

Remember, I asked Barry to keep things simple so his commentary on taps and tapping fluids isn’t exhaustive. If you’d like to add something to the conversation (like your favorite tapping fluid) please do so by clicking the link below to join the forum discussion related to this post. 

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About Tyler

Tyler is a hobby machinist and 3D printing aficionado. He teaches computer programming and web development at Highline College near Seattle. Tyler founded Projects In Metal in 2008 because he was frustrated by the lack of free plans available for hobby machinists.