We’ve been asked many times about “What are the most essential tools for your shop?” Well, that’s a hard question, because frustration and wailing are the result when the right tools are not available.
A Tap and Die set is a near must for a DIY fab shop. While the thread creating functions are pretty easy to visualize, sometimes getting the tread to start straight and run true is a different matter.
So many times we need to make matching holes to bolt something on. You purchased something to mount on your trailer or your workbench or some other project, but now you need the exact
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, holes you drill for a project don’t quite align with those in the mating parts. It’s maddening, and sometimes you feel dumb because it’s messed up, but there are ways to fix
Storage space is a high priority in my shop. Maybe in yours too? It’s not that there is not enough space, it’s the prime space where tools are super accessible for any moment
Oh, I need to drill a bunch of holes, all the same, in 8 parts. What a pain!
And, I need to cut these other 5 pieces all to match. What a hassle to measure, mark, and cut each one!
Need a hole? Many of our plans require drilled holes, so here are some Tips about drilling in metal, like steel, as well as in wood, and other materials.