Creating art using metal is an impressive craft, and not everyone has the skills to do it. There are many different kinds of metal too, and you have to understand the difference between hard metals and soft metals.
Some metals aren’t good for welding, and some are ideal. Working in metal art, you have to have knowledge. You also have to have the right tools for the job.
If you’re new to metal working, start by learning the tools of the trade. Here is a brief overview of a few tools and materials you’ll need to get started.
You need a safe place
You need a safe place to do the work. Metalworking is a dirty, loud, and heavy duty job that takes a special space. You may even need a fuel-powered generator to provide for all your power tools. Make sure you find just the right place to really let your creative juices flow.
Tools for safety while you work
You need all the basic tools for safety before you start working with tools for cutting and shaping. You’ll be working with some pretty powerful materials, and you need to protect yourself from being hurt in the process.
For instance, welding… There are plenty of ways to hurt yourself if you don’t have the right safety equipment when you’re welding. Make sure you have safety glasses, aprons, a good pair of gloves, boots, and respiratory protection to keep your body unharmed as you work.
Hand tools don’t take power to utilize, and they’re pretty basic to operate. Grab yourself a hacksaw, some welding pliers, a few steel wire brushes, some tubular spanners, and some basic screwdrivers to get started.
Once you understand the purpose and function of these simple tools, you can move on to managing the use of more powerful tools that need electricity to operate.
Power tools are just as important as your manual tools, as metal is heavy work. Sometimes you need a heavy tool to get the job done. You can start by adding a plasma cutter to your metal working tool collection.
Other power tools needed for metal working include metal band saws, wire wheels, angle grinders, power drills, and a buffer. You’ll want to fine tune your metals along the way, and a buffer is a pivotal tool of the trade.
Measuring, marking, and clamping tools
Measurements aren’t always the most important aspect of metal working, but sometimes they are vital. For those moments, you need to have proper measuring, marking, and clamping tools for precision.
Have your metal working tool box include a tape measure, calipers, welding magnets, soapstone, a speed square, and some basic welding clamps. With these tools, you will have better control over your numbers and your cuts.