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Consumable tooling

Posted by hammerscale on August 28, 2012

One of the best lessons in metalworking is coming to understand the concept of consumable tooling. HSS tooling is consumable, as is carbide tooling, drill bits, end mills, taps and dies, reamers, and many others. Non- tooling items also fit this description; cutting lubes, shop towels, Loctite, stuff like this.

I believe there’s a lack of understanding in this coming from different venues, – woodworking, for instance. As in the query; “Can I hone my carbide router bits”…….ah…, no.  Even if someone says so, or insists it can be done, the answer is still no. Even if you get the “green wheel” for your grinder, it doesn’t work, it’s a waste of time, and the only thing you’re honing is your imagination.  Throw it out, buy new.

Consumables are not limited to the shop.  Computers, electronics, office equipment, it’s all consumable.

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