About Metalworking Hand Tools

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Metalworking hand tools include a vice to hold the object in place, a hacksaw to cut through the metal and a flat file to eliminate sharp burrs from the freshly-cut edge. Gather tools specifically designed for metalworking with advice from a licensed remodeling contractor in this free video on home maintenance.

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Hi, I'm Tim Gipson, and I'm going to talk to you about metalworking tools. Some basic tools that for cutting metal, or for working with metal would be a vice, a hacksaw that's specifically designed for cutting metal, and a flat file. So, whenever we need to cut a piece of metal we use a metal vice like this that's secured to a workbench to hold the piece of metal firmly. And then, whatever length we want to cut off we can mount it up. Now, when we're starting a hacksaw what you want to do is you want to find your spot and then you want to draw the hacksaw back towards you, and this allows you to start your groove. And actually, all the blade, all the teeth on a hacksaw blade are facing forward, so you're doing the main part of your cutting when you're pushing forward on your hacksaw, but to start it you can start backwards like that. So, once we're started you can just use short smooth motions to cut, and of course, when you get to different parts of the metal you may need to change your angle just a little bit to continue cutting, there. Now, whenever you cut metal or work with metal, usually you're left with some sharp burrs, so you want to be careful about touchin' those areas so that's where it's helpful to have a flat file. Now, you can use your vice as a base, and then what you want to do is just take this flat file, and just using in a motion away from you is you can just file at an angle, and you can get rid of those sharp edges, there. So, you can cut very easily, and then you can file it down and get your smooth edges. So, I'm Tim Gipson talking to you about metalworking tools.

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