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How to Setup Metal Working Business, Part 2 Finishing

Cutting and Machining Cutting can be done with a hammer and cold chisel, which is hard work but often preferable to saws that wear too quickly. Another common method is flame cutting if welding equipment is available. Tinsnips are used for light work on thin material (up to about 1 mm steel or 1.5 mm

How to Setup Metal Working Business, Part 1 Procedure

Making a living from a small-scale metalworking depends on being able to make products that customers want. So it is important to find out what people are looking for. It is also important to make good quality items that will not fail, and it is important to get the price right. This technical brief looks

How to Setup a Blacksmithing Business, Part 2 Materials

Support for Working Material An anvil of some kind is essential equipment and whilst one of many varieties could be selected, it is probable that an improvised anvil made of stone with an iron insert might suffice in an emergency. Some anvil patterns are illustrated, see right figure (click to enlarge). Anvil Shaping/ Deforming Tools

How to Setup a Blacksmithing Business, Part 1 Procedure

Blacksmithing transforms metals in its physical structure and appearance by heating and hammering. In this brief, materials are restricted ferrous metals, that is, the range of irons and steels. The smithy contains five main things to aid the blacksmith in their work. There needs to be a heat source or hearth to get the material

How to Start a Printing Press in 9 Steps

If you can secure a client with large printing needs, having a printing press may indeed make you feel that you are printing money. Here are basic the steps to start your own printing press: 1. Determine what market niche you wish to target. Most printers are commercial printers which mean they print almost any