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Old December 6th, 2006, 12:45 PM   #1
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newbie simple welding projects

i am looking for some simple projects i can do for my barn tool storage, etc that i can get some practice welding with, anything, i got the room for random crap

thanks john
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Old December 6th, 2006, 12:50 PM   #2
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Old December 6th, 2006, 12:53 PM   #3
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very nice mike. to that I top with.






Seriously though, start with simple lap butt, pipe and T welds on some plate. If you're seriously considering welding for yourself its a decent place to start.
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Old December 6th, 2006, 12:59 PM   #4
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No seriously, I want it done by friday.
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Old December 6th, 2006, 01:05 PM   #5
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No seriously, I want it done by friday.
what's it for?
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Old December 6th, 2006, 01:10 PM   #6
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Old December 6th, 2006, 01:21 PM   #7
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if youre new - new to welding forget making anything at first and just concentrate on getting good consistent - penetrating welds.

start with the simplest conditions and work your way up.

get some hunks of clean material (mild .120 or so) and go at it till you can pull off decent laps, butts, fillets, etc. while your at a bench. then start playing with thickness, go thin wall and youll be shocked how different it is. then positions, anyone whos wheeled much has enjoyed being showered in molten bbs while fixing something welding upside down. got all that covered ? move into stainless and aluminum, high carb stuff, castings - all very different acting materials even though the principle is the same. theres more but thats a start -

then again ,theres always books on the topic -
but youll catch on qiucker if you just start doing it and then go back and figure out why something works the way it does.

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Old December 6th, 2006, 02:36 PM   #8
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No seriously, I want it done by friday.
How thick? I might be able to help you out. The red would be the only welds.


Back on topic. Start by running some beads then once you're good at that. Do some lap, butt, t, and pipe welds. Then do them upright and lastly over head.
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Old December 6th, 2006, 03:03 PM   #9
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Old December 6th, 2006, 05:10 PM   #10
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when we got our welder i just took some plate and welded different things to it like nuts, bolts, washers, other plate. Weld them different ways trying new things like circle motion, C pattern, stuff like that. Try different wire speeds and heat ranges
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Old December 6th, 2006, 06:37 PM   #11
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How thick? I might be able to help you out. The red would be the only welds.


Back on topic. Start by running some beads then once you're good at that. Do some lap, butt, t, and pipe welds. Then do them upright and lastly over head.
1/2 Thick, with 2 link mounts for the top for under 200 dollars. If you can do that, blue torch fab is going out of business.
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Old December 6th, 2006, 06:54 PM   #12
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Depends on what material you have to work with, but I would build handy garage tools that you would otherwise have to buy. Spend the retail coin on material and make your own:

Creeper,
Jack Stands,
Workbench,
Cart for your welder,
Welding table,
Engine Stand,
Cherry Picker,
Bumpers are always easy,
Wheeled carts for axles, transmissions, etc,
What welder are you working with?
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Old December 6th, 2006, 07:00 PM   #13
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[QUOTE

Seriously though, start with simple lap butt, pipe and T welds on some plate. If you're seriously considering welding for yourself its a decent place to start.[/QUOTE]

Hahahaha.....you said lap butt.
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Old December 7th, 2006, 10:07 AM   #14
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OK, its almost friday, progress pics?
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Old December 7th, 2006, 10:28 AM   #15
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OK, its almost friday, progress pics?
lol. probably still staring at the pic wondering where the hell to start...kinda like me with computer programming, i stare at the blank screen for well over an hour wondering where to begin.
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Old December 7th, 2006, 10:52 AM   #16
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One thing no-one has mentioned here, but after you make some welds, section them with a saw, and look to see the penetration. You might want to get some dye, or alcohol with dye in it, and put it on the weld, it will highlight cracks that you can't see with the naked eye.

Thats the real key, getting a solid weld that goes all the way through where you want it to.

Doing something like getting some 1/4" thick steel, and make the same welds with different speeds, and different heat settings. That will help you learn which settings to us for which thickness of metal.

Of course, don't overlook a decent welding textbook. They do provide some decent info.
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Old December 7th, 2006, 11:08 AM   #17
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Depends on what material you have to work with, but I would build handy garage tools that you would otherwise have to buy. Spend the retail coin on material and make your own:

Creeper,
Jack Stands,
Workbench,
Cart for your welder,
Welding table,
Engine Stand,
Cherry Picker,
Bumpers are always easy,
Wheeled carts for axles, transmissions, etc,
What welder are you working with?


Those may not be the best things to make when first starting out.
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Old December 7th, 2006, 11:55 AM   #18
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Those may not be the best things to make when first starting out.
That was my thought as well...
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Old December 7th, 2006, 12:16 PM   #19
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Old December 7th, 2006, 07:16 PM   #20
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OK, its almost friday, progress pics?
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