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Metal Workshop Essentials

You don’t have to be a keen metalworker to find a use for these tools. Here we have picked some tools you just can’t do without and some you’ll just want to use.

Axminster Workshop Scriber

When doing precision marking with a pencil, no matter how sharp, you will not achieve a fine enough mark. A scribe, with a sharp point is the only way to get it right.

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Axminster Optical Centre Punch

Axminster Optical Centre Punch

Designed to find the precise intersection of two scribed lines. Beautifully simple and highly accurate.

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Axminster Workshop 4 Piece Square Set

A good set of engineer’s squares is essential for making accurate marks across a piece of work.

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GemRed Electronic Digital Caliper

Very accurate and perfect for marking out. Can be used to measure external, internal and the depth of objects.

  • Robust stainless steel construction
  • High precision digital readout
  • Imperial or metric display at the touch of a button
  • Measures external, internal, step and depth
  • Zero to 155mm(6") by 0.01mm(0.001")
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Axminster 8 Piece Centre Punch Set

Axminster 8 Piece Centre Punch Set

A purpose made centre punch accurately allows you to make a centre point. Drills have a tendency to wander off point, applying a punch mark goes someway to negate this.

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Japanese Stainless Steel Rules

A rule is a great tool for the workshop, but remember, rules are good for quick, rough measurements, but not for precision work.

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Zeus Reference Book

Zeus Reference Book

Quite simply the workshop bible. Everything from Metric/Imperial conversions to thread information.

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Vallorbe Swiss Hand Files

Vallorbe Swiss Flat Files

There are many different types of files for an abundance of applications. A couple of good files can used for anything from taking a bur off stock to making a piece precisely flat.

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