Metalworking Class


5 Lessons

14,227 Enrolled

Beginner Level

Working with metal is a challenging, yet rewarding, skill.

In this class, we will go over the very basics of metalworking including, cutting, drilling and finishing.

This class is designed for people with absolutely no prior experience ever working with metal. It will give you the knowledge and confidence to move on to more advanced metalworking topics.

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Class Author:randofo

Randy Sarafan is an artist, designer, inventor, and founder of the Instructables Design Studio. Over the last 10 years he has created hundreds of step-by-step tutorials on diverse subjects ranging from pancakes to self-driving robotic queen-sized beds. He has authored two books, 62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer and Simple Bots.

His work has been showcased by the NY Times, Popular Mechanics, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, NPR, the BBC, Core77, Boing Boing, and the National Examiner (to name a few). He currently splits his time between Brooklyn, NY and the internet.


Lesson 1: Metalworking Tools and Materials

Here you will find an explanation of the tools and materials you will need to get started.

Lesson 2: Cutting

Now that you have gotten your supplies, lets dive in but learning how to cut some metal.

Lesson 3: Drilling

Once you have gotten cutting down, the next step is to learn how to drill a hole.

Lesson 4: Fastening

Here is a crash course on fasteners which focuses primarily on nuts, and bolts. We also will learn about tapping holes.

Lesson 5: Finishing

Make your metal shine above the rest with some basic finishing techniques.

Now that you have the skills, what are you waiting for?
Get out there and make something!