If my shop caught fire and I could only grab one tool it would be the Hypertherm plasma cutter. It cuts steel and aluminum like a
hot knife through butter. The plan is to built a CNC table that will
allow a computer to control the plasma torch when cutting metal and
a router when cutting wood or foam.
Read more about it here:
Welding Aluminum with MIG
aluminum was once considered beyond the ability of the
do-it-yourselfer. Not anymore!
"Give me five minutes, and I can teach a monkey to wire weld."
I heard those works over ten years ago from a foreman at S&H
Trailers in Madill Oklahoma. It was still a leap of faith when I
decided to build a welded aluminum boat. I had only done some stick
welding many, many, years ago and I was never very good. But I am
ready to say now that perhaps monkeys can do this. I believe I now
have a good grasp of MIG aluminum welding, at least what I need to
know for my specific project. So I want to encourage you on your
aluminum welding project. It's not really that hard. My wife says
"It's just like a hot glue except sparkier".
Read more about Aluminum welding on both the submarine and the
While the metal lathe is most likely the least used tool in our
shop it is one of the most indispensable for making parts with
o-rings grooves, the odd PVC fitting, a perfectly round hole in a
jig or for just polishing a cylinder.
While this is only a Mini-Lathe we have used it to turn aluminum
parts over 6 inches in diameter, and cut stainless steel V-groove
Read more about it here: Lathe
Working with Lead
If you need 1,000 to 30,000 pounds of lead for ballast, then you
came to the right place.
If you want to make bullets, figurines, or fishing weights then
this will be over kill. :)
Read more about it here: Working
Aluminum by weight is stronger than steel. It is widely
available. It does not rust. It melts at a reasonable 1300 degrees
F. And it can be cast into a variety of shapes.
We have cast handles, bushings, boxes, and even a gear box. And
you can learn how as well as what not to do.
Read more about it here: Casting
Aluminum is a remarkable material. By weight it is stronger
that steel, but you can still cut it with the same carbide bit tools
used in every wood shop.
Read more about it here: Cutting