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#1 posted 11-14-2012 04:04 PM

I expected it and welcomed it. Unlike woodworking – machine work, repair and general metal work is something I am good at. I’m one of those people others call a “tool nerd”. All of my power tools are tuned and dialed in to ridiculously unnecessary accuracy. I know that is not needed and doesn’t really help me at all, but I have a ton of fun doing it.

For technical skills – I would recommend the following:
Learn how to use taps and dies. You will need one someday. In addition learn to identify or at least how to measure thread count and thread pitch

Get some mechanics tools. Never underestimate the value of a good socket set and torque wrench. The T handle hex keys are also I must. I use them just about every time I am in the shop for one thing or another.

We all know how wood moves, learn how metal is going to react to stresses as well (over tightening, under tightening, heat/humidity changes, etc)

Practice some basic metal work – it’s really not hard! I’ve heard so many stories like “man I would love to install a unifence on my saw, but the brackets don’t line up.” Big deal! It’s really easy to drill your own holes in some off the shelf L brackets you can get at a decent hardware store. Don’t let fear and inexperience guide your upgrade or purchasing decisions.

Things I would like to do
Make my own turning tools and chisels from good quality tool steel. It can be done without a machine shop, I just need some time and some practice

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