How to Get Into Metalworking

If you are looking for a new hobby and you are someone that enjoys DIY and doing things with your hands then metalworking could be the perfect hobby for you. Metalworking is a creative and technical hobby, plus there are many different applications whether you want to make jewellery, sculptures, welding or become a blacksmith.

Metalworking is a great hands-on, rewarding and creative hobby which is fascinating to learn and challenging to develop your skills. It can be daunting to get started with, but once you have the right tools and equipment then there is nothing stopping you from getting started and enjoying all the benefits that this creative hobby can bring.

Getting Started

A good place to start is with research online so you can think about the kind of project that you want to work on, which will also determine what equipment you need. There are also lots of helpful online communities where you can ask questions, get feedback and see what other people are doing with metal for inspiration.

Testing the Waters

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As this post shows, there is a fair amount of equipment that is required and it could add up to a fair amount. It is for this reason why it is a good idea to test the waters to see if this is a good hobby for you and the best way to do this is to take a few classes as a way to get the basics and some experience.

As mentioned, the tools and equipment that you will need will depend on the project but there are a few items that you are likely to need regardless. A hydraulic press is a good piece of equipment to own as a great way to forge, mould and form metals for various different applications. A few key tools that you will need no matter what include:

  • Heavy-duty scissors
  • Riveting hammer
  • Rawhide mallet
  • Hacksaw
  • Ball peen hammer
  • Scratch awl

Safety

Safety also needs to be a priority when it comes to metalwork. Ideally, you will have a suitable space for working on metal with areas like a garage or workshop being best so that you have enough space and can keep all of your tools nearby and organised. In addition to using tools correctly, you also need to invest in the right safety equipment which is likely to include safety goggles and heavy gloves.

Metalworking can be a fun, creative and rewarding hobby and hopefully this post will help you to get started.

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