Anybody who’s interested in metalworking and machining, and has spent any time online, has likely bumped into “Tubalcain.” And anybody who has encountered his amazing metalworking/machining videos is almost certainly a fan. And what’s not to love? He’s a retired machinist and shop teacher from Illinois who’s capturing a lifetime of working wisdom onto video and sharing these tutorials with the world. There are some 200 videos so far, and they’re all jam-packed with great information, interesting little anecdotes about the tools and equipment, and a no-nonsense, crystal-clear presentation style like only a great teacher can provide. This guy is becoming the world’s shop teacher!

Last year, Tubalcain started a series of Metal Shop Tips videos. These deal with everything from working with basic bench tools to using a metal lathe and flame cutter. Here are a few of the Shop Tips series, to give you an idea of what he has to offer. So far, he has 37 videos in this Tips series. He needs a fanclub.

First of a three-part series on tapping (mostly hand-tapping). Here are parts 2 and 3.

First of a three-part series on care and feeding of drill bits. Here are parts 2 and 3.

First part of a two-part series on transferring holes. Here for part 2.

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.


  • Anonymous

    http://351100.tk/24    When can I see ah! I want to see!

  • Anonymous

    http://351100.tk/24    When can I see ah! I want to see!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002473583552 Kevin McMahon

    Huh, I’ve seen those screw punches before in my dad’s garage and never knew what they were.

  • http://twitter.com/cbleslie cbleslie

    That dude is so awesome. He makes me wish I paid more attention in shop class.

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    I just paíd $20.87 for an íPad 2.64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasoníc Lumíx GF 1 Cámera that we got for $38.79 there arriving tomorrow by UP S.I will never pay such expensive retail príces in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LCD T V to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
     Here is the website we use to get it all from : 
    BidsBit.com

  • http://david.rysdam.org/blog/ dr

    This guy is completely golden. He has a whole series on casting and machining a “steam” engine too. Another YT channel I like is myfordboy. It’s basically the same thing, but he doesn’t talk at all. The complete silence lets you really “zone in” to the physical aspect.