Metal Shop

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Summary

Home of metal fragments and welding fumes, the metal shop is home to many tools capable of shaping, cutting, and fusing metal.

Metal Shop User Guide

  1. Gas Cylinders:
    1. Tank Exchange Area: This is a corner outside the auto bay and classroom where new and empty tanks are kept. If a tank is empty, please mark it as such with a tag and move it to the tank exchange area.
  2. Welder Set-up: We have our MIG wire welders set up for steel welding. If you intend to use a machine for something other than steel, please carefully set up your machine, and change everything back for steel when you are done. The gas hooked up to the machine should be Argon/CO2 75/25 mix, the wire should be mild steel wire (typically .030), and tip should match the wire diameter, and the drive wheel for the wire should be on in the correct position for the wire diameter.
  3. Welding Curtain: Make sure the curtain to the wood shop is closed when you are welding, torching, brazing, plasma cutting, or any process that emits harmful light.


Tools

Link to folder of tool manuals: Tool Manuals - Metal Shop


Large Power Tools

Welding Shop

Machine Shop

Hand Tools

Welding Shop

Machine Shop

  • Facing mill
  • Taps and Dies
  • Calipers
  • Micrometers
  • Thread Guages
  • Dial Indicator

Resources

  • Discs for angle grinders
  • Wire for welders
  • Soapstone pencils
  • Auto-darkening Helmets
  • Gloves
  • Steel Wool
  • Sandpaper

Welding Gas Cylinders

We order shielding gasses and torch gasses from Maine Oxy. Typically ordered as we need it, only occasionally stock backup. Usually order a delivery the week before a welding class.

Typical Cylinders:

  • CR C25S - 25% C02, 75% Argon, Size S (141 cubic feet) - good for mobile welding cart
  • CR C25T - 25% C02, 75% Argon, Size T (305 cubic feet) - good for running 2 welders
  • OX K - Oxygen, Size K (227 cubic feet) - for OxyAcetylene torch
  • AC WS - Acetylene, Size WS (140 cubic feet) - for OxyAcetylene torch
  • AR T - Argon, Size T (305 cubic feet) - for TIG/Stick welding, MIG welding aluminium

Metal Shop Tool Cart

Metalshopcart arborpresses rollingmill.jpg Metalshopcart pipebenderdies.jpg Metalshopcart tubingrollerdies.jpg Metalshopcart grinderforcarbide.jpg Metalshopcart sheetmetalbrake.jpg Metalshopcart makitachopsaw.jpg Metalshopcart pipebender.jpg Metalshopcart tubingroller.jpg


In the storage area near the rented rolling workbenches, there is a cart dedicated to extra metal shop tools that don't quite have a home in the metal shop. Please ask for permission from the General Manager or the Metal Shop Manager before adding or changing the inventory of this cart.

  • Sheet Metal Brake and tooling (8 pcs)
  • Makita 14" Abrasive Chop Saw
  • Tubing Roller and box of tooling (3x round tubing dies, 1x square tubing die)
  • English Wheel and box of tooling
  • Hydraulic Pipe Bender
  • Small Arbor Press x2
  • Metal Rolling Mill
  • Bench Grinder for carbide sharpening
  • A big forge (unfinished)

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