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Metal working shop tool wish list.

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The first settlers in America had very little scrap iron to work with. What little they had they worked and reworked. They made forges from sand pits and wood and leather bellows. Today however scrap is plentiful and I’m sure it’s shocking as to how much scrap is trashed in the local land fills. With a few basic tools and a small bit of knowledge I’m guessing an individual could work miracles in his spare time if not simply as hobby work alone. Tin working was a big thing in medieval Europe. Pots, pans, cups, plates, candle holders and roofing. So in addition to the tools listed here, one might add soldering tools, standing seam metal roofing tools, riveting tools.

This will be a brief article. I intend to put together in time, with little sums of spare cash a metal working shop just to play around with. It can also be something that I might invite a friend (whom enjoys metal working and is more skilled than I) to use. I do not intend to build a roof over this shop. I intend to build a 10 foot chain link fence in a yard area of about 40’x40′. Will have a large auto gate and a smaller human door way(gate). I will somehow make it a blind fence. I will use cinder blocks and pallets to keep tools off the ground. Will run electrical system in conduit few inches off the ground. I will cover all tools with tarps and untarp them on fair weather days for use.  Most tools will be bought from a well used state. Ground should probably be graveled at some point, or I should lay in brick or flagstone paving. Later if I can ever afford it I’d put up a metal pole barn with metal roof over 40’x20′ section that covered the tools. The rest of that 40’x40′ section would be for materials.

  • Sand Forge, hair dryer for blower
  • Fire Brick forge, hair dryer for blower
  • 5 Gallon foundry with crucibles and tongs, hair dryer for blower.
  • Mold making sand and materials.
  • Heavy metal tables with vices.
  • Anvil (rail road rail, heavy metal blocks etc.)
  • Sledges and Chisels
  • Power Hammer (see you tube)
  • Coal, Coke, Wood, Charcoal
  • Drill Press
  • Lathe
  • Sheet Metal Brake
  • Larger Brake for punching as well as bending and cutting. (being used some of the functions may not work at first)
  • Oxygen Acetylene(Propane) Torch
  • Roller Mill
  • Metal Shaper
  • Divider Head
  • Arc Welder
  • Tig, Welder
  • Plasma Cutter
  • Milling Machine
  • Band Saws
  • Grinders
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4 responses

  1. Pingback: Simple Small DIY Metal Buildings and Kit Buildings « Larry D Gray

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    January 22, 2012 at 7:28 am

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    January 22, 2012 at 10:28 am

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