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Tool How-To's

Kevin Caron uses a variety of tools to create his contemporary art sculptures. While some are obvious (like welders), others are more specialized.

Enjoy tips, tricks and techniques about metal working tools including the forge, slip roll, magnetic hammer and more in these how-to videos ....

How to Save Time & Money by Making a Tool
How to Save Time & Money by Making a Tool
May 24, 2017
Kevin is sanding part of a sculpture he's been working on. The whole sculpture, including the pedest... read more

How to Clean Your Welding Table the Easy Way
How to Clean Your Welding Table the Easy Way
Jan 25, 2017
Kevin has just tested his fountain read more

How to Use a Spool Gun
How to Use a Spool Gun
Nov 09, 2016
Kevin is working on a large aluminum stand for a sound sculpture. Instead of TIG welding the aluminu... read more

How to Use Specialty Magnets and Pliers
How to Use Specialty Magnets and Pliers
Nov 02, 2016
Kevin shows a Stronghand Tools mini magnet has a 90-degree angle, a 45-degree angle, a 30 and 60-deg... read more

How to Use 'Third Hand' Tools
How to Use 'Third Hand' Tools
Oct 19, 2016
Like many other creators, artist Kevin usually works - and welds - alone. That made the tools in a c... read more

How to Use a Magnetic Level - and Why You'd Want To
How to Use a Magnetic Level - and Why You'd Want To
Sep 07, 2016
Kevin shows one of a set of sculptures he is working on, Shade and Shadow. It has a 3/8" rod running... read more

How to Lift Heavy Steel
How to Lift Heavy Steel
Jun 08, 2016
Kevin admits he is getting older and could use some help picking up some of the heavy metal he works... read more

How to Use a 100-Year-Old Tumbler to Shine Metal
How to Use a 100-Year-Old Tumbler to Shine Metal
Mar 30, 2016
Kevin is inside the palatial, incredibly well lit, unbelievably ventilated, totally organized office... read more

Shop Math: How to Convert Weight to Length the Old-fashioned Way
Shop Math: How to Convert Weight to Length the Old-fashioned Way
Feb 02, 2016
Kevin is getting ready to spool up some filament for his 3D printer. A new - well, old - tool is goi... read more

How Do You Make Something Stand Up Straight?
How Do You Make Something Stand Up Straight?
Jan 27, 2016
When you want to make something stand up straight, what do you measure against? If you have a large,... read more

How to Remove a Stuck Part Without Damaging It
How to Remove a Stuck Part Without Damaging It
Jan 13, 2016
Kevin wheels a "new" tool into his work area. He's working with some 3D printing bronze filament to ... read more

How to Organize Your Shop Cutting Area for Ease & Efficiency
How to Organize Your Shop Cutting Area for Ease & Efficiency
Jan 05, 2016
Kevin is getting ready to start a sound sculpture and needs to cut some stock, which makes it a grea... read more

How to Make a New Tool Work Well for You Using a Filament Welder
How to Make a New Tool Work Well for You Using a Filament Welder
Dec 15, 2015
Kevin is in his home garage, playing with his new tool, a filament welder. It has a couple of groove... read more

How to Keep Your Welding Table Clean and Rust Free
How to Keep Your Welding Table Clean and Rust Free
Dec 09, 2015
Kevin says he often is asked how he keeps his welding table clean. Where is all the rust? Where are ... read more

How to Choose the Best Hammer for the Job
How to Choose the Best Hammer for the Job
Nov 18, 2015
The first hammer Kevin shows is a light one with a small head and a long pick on the other end. Kevi... read more

What Are Collets and How Do You Use Them?
What Are Collets and How Do You Use Them?
Aug 12, 2015
Collets are a sleeve that uses pressure and friction to hold something in place. They're used in TIG... read more

How to Know When to Change Your Horizontal Bandsaw Blade
How to Know When to Change Your Horizontal Bandsaw Blade
Jul 29, 2015
From http://www.kevincaron.com - Artist Kevin Caron shares how he uses a horizontal bandsaw and when... read more

Air Tools:
Air Tools: "What Could Possibly Go Wrong?!"
May 06, 2015
Kevin is looking at an old-fashioned water separator for air compressors. When you plumb your studio... read more

Introducing Longevity’s ProMTS 252i Multiprocess Welder
Introducing Longevity’s ProMTS 252i Multiprocess Welder
Aug 06, 2014
After playing with Longevity’s ProMTS 200 multiprocess welder, Kevin just got its big brother, the ... read more

Introducing the Second Generation AHP AlphaTIG 200X
Introducing the Second Generation AHP AlphaTIG 200X
Mar 05, 2014
Kevin says AHP has made some nice changes on the new version of its AlphaTig 200X, making it easier ... read more

Introducing Everlast's POWERTIG 255EXT
Introducing Everlast's POWERTIG 255EXT
Dec 25, 2013
Kevin starts out by showing us the "Green Monster," Everlast's new POWERTIG 255EXT. He raves about t... read more

How to Cut Perfect Holes in Metal
How to Cut Perfect Holes in Metal
Dec 18, 2013
In response to a question about how he cut the holes in the steel wings of a private art commission ... read more

How to Use Countersinking to Blind Mount a Sculpture
How to Use Countersinking to Blind Mount a Sculpture
Dec 04, 2013
Kevin is working on the base of his functional sculpture Lady Bugme, a commission for a woman who is... read more

A Closer Look at My Custom Two-Bottle Welding Cart
A Closer Look at My Custom Two-Bottle Welding Cart
Aug 27, 2013
Kevin is welding 1/4" steel plate for a new commission of a large steel gong and stops to talk about... read more

How to Set Up a Welding Table That Works
How to Set Up a Welding Table That Works
Jul 17, 2013
Based on a number of requests, Kevin explains how he set up his welding table, which he uses daily. ... read more

A Better Look at Handheld Clamps
A Better Look at Handheld Clamps
Sep 26, 2012
Kevin shows the advancements Irwin Tools has made with its vice grips. The new versions have special... read more

How to Use a Chinese Pipe Bender, Step-by-Step
How to Use a Chinese Pipe Bender, Step-by-Step
Jul 25, 2012
Kevin shows how to bend solid steel round, square or flat stock using what is called a Chinese Pipe ... read more

How to Pick the Right Clamp
How to Pick the Right Clamp
Jun 27, 2012
Kevin uses a wide variety of tools while creating his sculptures, everything from automotive to airc... read more

How to Tap a Hole in Metal Using a Mill
How to Tap a Hole in Metal Using a Mill
May 09, 2012
Kevin decides to use his mill to tap a hole in an aluminum plate that he will weld to the top of his... read more

How to Use MIG Pulse Controls to Fill Gaps
How to Use MIG Pulse Controls to Fill Gaps
May 02, 2012
Kevin shows how using pulse control on his Longevity MigWeld 250P MIG welder helps him fill gaps in ... read more

How to Use a Spool Gun on a MIG Welder
How to Use a Spool Gun on a MIG Welder
Apr 18, 2012
Kevin is putting the finishing touches on his public art sculpture read more

How to Weld With a Longevity TIG Welder
How to Weld With a Longevity TIG Welder
Apr 11, 2012
Kevin begins a new sculpture using his Longevity TigWeld 250AC/DC TIG welder to weld together a 1-in... read more

How to Weld With a MIG Welder With Pulse Control
How to Weld With a MIG Welder With Pulse Control
Feb 08, 2012
Kevin shows how to weld with a MIG welder that has pulse control, first welding without pulse, then ... read more

How to Use a Longevity MIG Welder With Pulse Control
How to Use a Longevity MIG Welder With Pulse Control
Feb 01, 2012
Kevin shows the controls on the new Longevity MigWeld 250P MIG welder and explains how to use them. ... read more

How to Use a Pencil Grinder for Grinding Metal
How to Use a Pencil Grinder for Grinding Metal
Jan 26, 2012
Kevin shows one of the tools he uses for grinding metal in tight spots, a pencil grinder. He shows b... read more

How to Use a Flowmeter Instead of a Regulator for Welding
How to Use a Flowmeter Instead of a Regulator for Welding
Jan 18, 2012
Kevin explains why he exchanged his welding regulator for a flowmeter on his TIG welder. He tells wh... read more

How to Use the Controls on a Longevity TIG Welder
How to Use the Controls on a Longevity TIG Welder
Jan 11, 2012
Kevin shows how to use the controls on Longevity's TigWeld 250 AC/DC TIG welder, focusing on each co... read more

How to Set Up a Longevity TigWeld 250 AC/DC
How to Set Up a Longevity TigWeld 250 AC/DC
Jan 04, 2012
Kevin shows how to put together a Longevity TIG welder, fresh out of the box. He shows all the parts... read more

How to Set Up a Longevity Plasma Cutter
How to Set Up a Longevity Plasma Cutter
Dec 28, 2011
Kevin shows the parts of the Longevity ForceCut 60i Plasma Cutter and how to set it up. Then he cuts... read more

How to Cut Aluminum the Easy Way
How to Cut Aluminum the Easy Way
Dec 07, 2011
Kevin is starting a new public art sculpture, which will be made of aluminum. To cut the sheets of m... read more

Tools for the Studio, Part 5
Tools for the Studio, Part 5
Nov 02, 2011
Kevin continues to share how he built his collection of tools, explaining why he added a slip roll, ... read more

Tools for the Studio, Part 4
Tools for the Studio, Part 4
Oct 26, 2011
Kevin tells how he purchased tools for his studio, including the purchase of a coal-burning forge an... read more

How to Use Hydraulic Pipe Bender Shoes the Right Way
How to Use Hydraulic Pipe Bender Shoes the Right Way
Oct 19, 2011
Kevin shows how to use the hydraulic pipe bender shoes, or dies, to bend metal pipe the right way - ... read more

How to Bend Tube and Pipe
How to Bend Tube and Pipe
Oct 12, 2011
Kevin explains the difference between tube and pipe and what tools to use to bend each of them - as ... read more

How to Use Reusable Pop Rivets to Clamp Steel
How to Use Reusable Pop Rivets to Clamp Steel
Aug 31, 2011
Kevin shows how to use a tool that work like reuseable pop rivets. Clicos are a fabricator's best fr... read more

How to TIG Weld Vertically
How to TIG Weld Vertically
Jun 01, 2011
Using his Miller TIG welder, Kevin shows how to weld vertically, bottom to top.... read more

Machining Tools: Using a Collet in a Mill
Machining Tools: Using a Collet in a Mill
May 25, 2011
Kevin explains why collets work better than chucks in a mill and shows how to use them.... read more

Picking a Chuck for Your Metal Lathe
Picking a Chuck for Your Metal Lathe
May 18, 2011
While making an aluminum goblet on his metal lathe, Kevin decides which of two chucks to use. He cha... read more

Plasma Cutter Tip Tricks
Plasma Cutter Tip Tricks
Apr 19, 2011
Kevin often uses a plasma cutter. Using a fresh cutting tip helps him make clean, precise cuts. Kevi... read more

Plasma Cutting Technique
Plasma Cutting Technique
Apr 13, 2011
Cutting metal is easy with a plasma cutter. Kevin shows his plasma cutter and how it works. ... read more

How to Use a Metal Lathe
How to Use a Metal Lathe
Apr 06, 2011
Kevin changes the carbide-tipped cutter on his metal lathe so he can work on an aluminum bowl.... read more

How to Use a Propane Forge
How to Use a Propane Forge
Mar 23, 2011
Kevin fires up his propane forge to heat and flatten some railroad spikes using his blacksmithing sk... read more

A Mill and a Lathe: New Challenges in an Artist's Studio
A Mill and a Lathe: New Challenges in an Artist's Studio
Mar 14, 2011
Kevin adds two new tools to his studio. The mill and lathe may affect the scale and focus of his wor... read more

How to Bend Steel Using a Brake
How to Bend Steel Using a Brake
Mar 09, 2011
Kevin shows how to use a brake to bend metal - as well as how to bend if you don't have a brake. Whe... read more

Arc Welding Technique, Part 2
Arc Welding Technique, Part 2
Feb 23, 2011
Kevin explains how to hold the electrode (rod) and how to start the arc, as well as showing how to a... read more

Arc Welding Technique
Arc Welding Technique
Feb 16, 2011
Kevin provides helpful information about arc welding, including what you can do with it and how to ... read more

Metal Work Tools: Using a Reamer to Drill Accurate Holes
Metal Work Tools: Using a Reamer to Drill Accurate Holes
Feb 10, 2011
Machinist and sculptor Chuck Girard shows Kevin how to drill holes more accurately with a reamer. Le... read more

Drill Tap Basics for Metal Working
Drill Tap Basics for Metal Working
Feb 02, 2011
Machinist and sculptor Chuck Girard shows Kevin how to understand drill taps.

Chuck highly recom... read more

Drill and Tap Tips and Tricks For Metal Working
Drill and Tap Tips and Tricks For Metal Working
Jan 28, 2011
Machinist and sculptor Chuck Girard stops by to share drill and tap tricks with Kevin. He shows Kevi... read more

Shop Math: Measuring With Calipers
Shop Math: Measuring With Calipers
Jan 19, 2011
Machinist and sculptor Chuck Girard shows Kevin how to make easy measurements using calipers, keepin... read more

Metal Cutting Tools: Using a Beverly Shear
Metal Cutting Tools: Using a Beverly Shear
Dec 30, 2010
To cut sheet metal in a clean curve, sculptor Kevin Caron uses a throatless Beverly shear, a classic... read more

Tools for Shaping Metal
Tools for Shaping Metal
Dec 16, 2010
In addition to welding, Kevin uses tools for shaping metal, including a variety of hammers, an anvil... read more

Using a Drill Press Like a Mill to Countersink a Screw
Using a Drill Press Like a Mill to Countersink a Screw
Dec 09, 2010
Sculptor Chuck Girard shows Kevin ho... read more

Cutting a Circle for a Metal Sculpture With Oxygen Acetylene
Cutting a Circle for a Metal Sculpture With Oxygen Acetylene
Dec 03, 2010
To cut a 1" thick steel base for a sculpture, Kevin adapts a plasma cutter cutting tool for his oxyg... read more

MIG Welding Technique
MIG Welding Technique
Nov 14, 2010
A complement to "TIG Welding Technique," this video gives an overview of MIG welding. Kevin gives a... read more

TIG Welding: How to Finetune Your Torch Angle
TIG Welding: How to Finetune Your Torch Angle
Oct 12, 2010
What is the optimum angle to hold your TIG welding torch? Kevin shows the best way to hold your torc... read more

How to Bend  Metal Using Oxygen Acetylene
How to Bend Metal Using Oxygen Acetylene
Sep 16, 2010
Kevin doesn't use his oxygen-acetylene unit for welding as much as for bending metal. This welding e... read more

Metal Cutting: How to Use Oxygen Acetylene
Metal Cutting: How to Use Oxygen Acetylene
Sep 08, 2010
Kevin usually uses his plasma cutter for cutting metal, but sometimes the oxygen-acetylene torch is ... read more

Metal Cutting Tools: Plasma vs. Oxygen Acetylene
Metal Cutting Tools: Plasma vs. Oxygen Acetylene
Aug 31, 2010
Kevin compares two more metal cutting tools: the plasma cutting torch and the oxygen acetylene cutti... read more

Cutting Metal: How to Select the Right Tool for the Job
Cutting Metal: How to Select the Right Tool for the Job
Aug 25, 2010
Kevin shares his thought process on choosing cutting tools - air tools and pneumatic tools includin... read more

MIG Welding: How to Set Voltage and Wire Feed
MIG Welding: How to Set Voltage and Wire Feed
Aug 18, 2010
In response to numerous requests, Kevin explains how he sets the voltage and wire feed on his MIG we... read more

Grinding Metal: How to Select the Right Tool for the Job
Grinding Metal: How to Select the Right Tool for the Job
Aug 11, 2010
Kevin has an arsenal of tools for grinding. He shares his favorites, including power and pneumatic t... read more

TIG Welding: How to Feed the Wire
TIG Welding: How to Feed the Wire
Jul 27, 2010
How do you feed the wire when using a TIG welder? Kevin shares a couple of techniques for TIG weldin... read more

Metal Artist Kevin Caron Discusses Welding Safety Equipment
Metal Artist Kevin Caron Discusses Welding Safety Equipment
Jun 22, 2010
Kevin talks about the safety equipment he uses when welding and working with metal. He also encourag... read more

How to Make a 1-Sided 3-D Metal Art Sculpture
How to Make a 1-Sided 3-D Metal Art Sculpture
Jun 16, 2010
Using a ring roller on his slip roll, artist Kevin Caron creates a three-dimensional piece with one ... read more

Working With Metal: How to Use a Laser Level
Working With Metal: How to Use a Laser Level
Jun 09, 2010
When he needed to cut off all the bells on the recent commission Arabesque at the same level, artist... read more

Working With Metal: The Right Way to Grind
Working With Metal: The Right Way to Grind
May 26, 2010
After doing a lot of grinding, Kevin realized there's a way to grind that keeps his edges sharp. He... read more

Metal Cutter: Plasma vs. the Nibbler
Metal Cutter: Plasma vs. the Nibbler
Apr 23, 2010
Kevin explains the differences between, advantages and disadvantages of a plasma cutter compared wit... read more

TIG Welding: How to Sharpen the Tungsten on Your TIG Welder
TIG Welding: How to Sharpen the Tungsten on Your TIG Welder
Jan 20, 2010
Kevin shares tips on how to sharpen the tungsten in a TIG welder to make it easier to weld and save ... read more

Metal Cutting Tools: How to Use Foot and Bench Shears
Metal Cutting Tools: How to Use Foot and Bench Shears
Dec 09, 2009
There are all sorts of cutting tools, and you want the right tool for the job. Kevin shows how he us... read more

Metal Artist Kevin Caron Shows How to Use a Magnetic Drill
Metal Artist Kevin Caron Shows How to Use a Magnetic Drill
Nov 19, 2009
The right tool for the job makes all the difference. Sculptor Kevin Caron uses the right tool to dri... read more

MIG Welding: Should You Push or Lead the Puddle?
MIG Welding: Should You Push or Lead the Puddle?
Aug 26, 2009
A viewer of Kevin's TIG Welding Technique video said that, when he is MIG welding, he prefers to pus... read more

How to Fire Up a Forge to Bend Metal for a Sculpture
How to Fire Up a Forge to Bend Metal for a Sculpture
Jun 10, 2009
After making his flowing renditions of the desert plant the ocotillo in other ways, Kevin decides to... read more

Metal Artist Kevin Caron Shows How to Make Steel Donuts
Metal Artist Kevin Caron Shows How to Make Steel Donuts
Apr 24, 2009
Kevin uses the plasma cutter with circle cutter attachment, grinder and air hammer (air shaper) to m... read more

TIG Welding Technique
TIG Welding Technique
Apr 02, 2009
TIG welding offers a lot of advantages over MIG welding, arc and oxygen-acetylene welding. Kevin sho... read more

How to Use a Hydraulic Pipe Bender to Make a Metal Sculpture
How to Use a Hydraulic Pipe Bender to Make a Metal Sculpture
Feb 05, 2009
Kevin uses a hydraulic pipe bender to make sections of a metal tree trunk for a public sculpture com... read more

Metal Art Sculptor Kevin Caron Compares Arc, MIG and TIG Welders
Metal Art Sculptor Kevin Caron Compares Arc, MIG and TIG Welders
Jan 23, 2009
Kevin compares arc welders, MIG welders and TIG welders, explaining how they work and their respecti... read more

Inside a Cool Tool, the Plasma Cutter
Inside a Cool Tool, the Plasma Cutter
Dec 08, 2008
While performing a "cablectomy" on his plasma cutter, Kevin shows the inside of the machine - and ju... read more

How to Make Metal Dishes
How to Make Metal Dishes
Aug 07, 2008
OK, they're more dimples than circles, but Kevin needs to make 21 of them for a project. Watch as he... read more

How to Use the Air Hammer to Make Metal Art
How to Use the Air Hammer to Make Metal Art
Jul 23, 2008
Kevin is still playing - I mean studying! - his new tool, the air hammer. He uses it to shape a new ... read more

Learning How to Use an Air Hammer
Learning How to Use an Air Hammer
Jul 17, 2008
The tool fairy brought Kevin an air hammer, which allows him to shape and even shrink metal faster a... read more

How to Use a Chinese Pipe Bender for a Metal Art Sculpture
How to Use a Chinese Pipe Bender for a Metal Art Sculpture
Jun 06, 2008
Kevin creates the edge of a piece for a 7-foot tall commission using the ingenious Chinese pipe bend... read more

How to Use a Plasma Cutter While Creating a Metal Sculpture
How to Use a Plasma Cutter While Creating a Metal Sculpture
May 30, 2008
Kevin shows - and explains - how a plasma cutter works as he begins a new stainless steel sculpture.... read more

How to Use the English Wheel to Create Metal Sculpture
How to Use the English Wheel to Create Metal Sculpture
May 08, 2008
Kevin uses the English wheel to stretch and shape metal for a quick model for a sculpture.... read more

TIG Welding by Phoenix Sculptor Kevin Caron
TIG Welding by Phoenix Sculptor Kevin Caron
Apr 21, 2008
Kevin plays with his new toy - I mean tool! - a TIG welder, as he works on sculptures Calyx and a ne... read more