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Tools for the Studio, Part 1



The Voice: Hey, Kevin. Is this old home week?

Kevin Caron: I received an e-mail the other day from one of my YouTube subscribers saying, "I love your shop. You've got lots of tools, and you know how to use almost all of them (true), but what did you start out with? For a guy starting out, what's the minimum? What equipment did you have when you started?

Well, this is it, right here. An AC Lincoln little buzz box and a small oxygen acetylene set.

Both of these machines belonged to the boys when I moved into this studio and that's what I got started with when I started working in metal.

Hey, do you want to see my workbench?

The Voice: Yeah!

Kevin Caron: OK, let's go outside.

This was my original workbench. It was parked at home alongside the garage, so I had a concrete wall and the wall of the garage. I had a little fence in front of me and just the open yard behind me.

I had a huge bougainvillea bush that arched all the way up, almost over the top of me for a little bit of shade. But, boy, as soon as the sun came around, it was full exposure just like this.

I had some 1-inch-square tubing running across the top of it with a piece of 16-gauge steel plate up there, so I had a layout table I could work on.

Come over here. I'll show you my welding bench.

Here was my welding bench: a piece of half-inch, I think it's about 14 inches and about 3 and a half, maybe 4 feet long. I had it leaning up and set up against the side of the top of the trailer; then I had a piece of metal underneath the other end, just to make it flat. Because that 16-gauge I was using as a layout table was so thin, if I tried to weld on top it, it would warp, so I had this for a welding table.

And that's how I started: working outside, playing and having fun creating metal art. I did that for about four years or so. Then I got lucky enough to move in here and at least get out of the sun.

The Voice: You're going to show us the other tools as you move along, aren't you?

Kevin Caron: Yes, next time. Next time we'll talk about the next tool I got and the next one and the next one and the next one. It's a never-ending story.

Hope that answers your question. I'll see you next time.

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