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CHAPTER 5

 

Basic Hand Tools

For the projects in this book, a number of hand tools are needed, some of which are specially designed for metalwork and others of which are more common. To make sure that you have access to all the tools you’ll need for the projects in this book, I’m going to review the names and functions of each and provide a few tips.

 

Clamps

C-clamps, pipe clamps, and bar clamps all have their place in a metal shop. One of the most common clamps you’ll encounter is the C-clamp, shown in Figure 5.1. C-clamps come in varying sizes and depths, but two of the biggest advantages of them are the high clamping force and the large throat depth. Their compact size means that it’s easy to put one anywhere you need it. For longer clamping, ...

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