- If you use it, put it back when you're done with it.
- If you don't know how to use a tool, ask!
- If you break it, post about it to the list to figure out how to resolve it.
- If you're buying trash bags, get the 33-gallon drawstring type. They fit the 32-gallon cans nicely. There is one 45-gallon can too.
- Please don't throw sheet metal, copper, or aluminum away. We recycle these.
Harbor Freight (Hossfeld Style) Bender
- This is a great tool for bending flat strips of metal, or bending heavy rod.
- How-to manual can be downloaded from Harbor Freight
Midwest Fastener Corp Hardware Proposal
- Based on last member meeting, I am looking for a list of all the hardware we would use on a regular basis to send to MFC for a quote. Priority (High: Everyday, Medium: Weekly, Low: Monthly, Minimal: Yearly). I listed a few to get you started.
|Name||Type||Approx Used per Quarter||Priority||Notes|
|1/4"-20 (Coarse)||Hex Bolts||200||High-Medium||Assorted Lengths from 3/4" to 4"|
|1/4"-20||Standard Washers||200||High-Medium||Lock & Regular|
|1/4"-20 (Coarse)||Standard Hex Nuts||200||High-Medium||Lock & Regular|
Work at the Vise
Sometimes the quickest (and safest) way to do something is using simple hand tools at the bench vise. Need to cut a piece of metal? Try an hacksaw!
- 14 Teeth per Inch (TPI): Large Sections of Mild Material
- 18 TPI: Large Sections of Tough Material
- 24 TPI: Angle Iron, Heavy Pipe, Brass or Copper
- 32 TPI: Thin Tubing
Do you need to shape or debur a piece of metal? Try an hand file.
- Ensure that the file has a securely attached handle for safety.
- Use a file brush card to remove stuck material from face of file. Do this frequently when doing heavy filing.
- Use sidewalk chalk to load up the grooves in the file before use. The chalk prevents material getting stuck or 'pinned' to the file, particularly aluminum. Chalk also acts as a dry lubricant for whatever you are cutting.