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Forum topic by newbiewoodworker posted 10-21-2010 10:15 PM 2797 views 0 times favorited 42 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-21-2010 10:15 PM

I have finally begun working on welding. I plan to build a go-kart once I get strong welds… But, is there any effects from cutting/grinding/welding, once I go back to woodworking. I put all my woodtools under my bench, about 8 ft from where the action goes on.. although they got subjected to it for a day.. but things were a few feet away, or under the bench… just close-under…

Unfortunately I dont think theres any where else to put stuff.. I just want to ensure that I wont wreck my tools, by the metal dust/flux in the air… Now that I am not working on the floor, I hope I wont have to worry about the dust as much… before it got in the wood… but I was working on the ground..

Worst case sinerio, I put stuff under the stairs…

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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#1 posted 10-21-2010 10:19 PM

I think you will be ok…. just clean up all the sawdust first…. sawdust combusts pretty easily

-- Hrolfr

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#2 posted 10-21-2010 10:21 PM

I swept the area… believe me.. I want heat.. just not that much… lol

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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#3 posted 10-21-2010 10:22 PM

only heavy metal … (throws up his rock horns)

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#4 posted 10-21-2010 10:23 PM

I listen to metal all the time in the woodshop.

-- Daniel

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#5 posted 10-21-2010 10:36 PM

I do some welding in my shop also. You can see the mig welder next to my Craftsman tool boxes in my workshop pics. I do a thorough vaccuming before and after to get all sawdust gone before and all grindings, metal bits etc. after. I weld down close to the floor when possible to minimize weld spatter going to far. I also have a welder plug by the door so I can roll it outside if I have alot of metal burning to do.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#6 posted 10-22-2010 01:24 AM

Grinding is awful.. the dust gets every where… I guess I will just wipe every thing down after… such as the tools, then the shelves and such as I go… I guess its not the end of the world…

But I have burned a few nice holes in my bench.. But oh well… I still have over 60% of the bench fine…

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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#7 posted 10-22-2010 01:25 AM

I also do metal work in my shop. I am just careful with what I do as not to damage any other projects that may be in progress.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#8 posted 10-22-2010 01:35 AM

sparks, temperatures that exceed 1200 degrees F


can be an exciting mix

safety first

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#9 posted 10-22-2010 01:41 AM

Been switching back and forth between the two for years. I just do a through cleaning before switching.
If at all posible I do the grinding outside, that does make the worst mess.
I do have heavy drop clothes that I cover the big equipment with and most hand tools go in cabinets.

-- Doug...

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#10 posted 10-22-2010 02:07 AM

Well then, thats good to know that its fine… I do plan to get some drop clothes, to cover the stuff under the bench, as well as the band saw, and possibly the trash cans…

I also need to get a fire extinguisher.. someone pointed that out to me..

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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#11 posted 10-22-2010 08:42 AM

I also do metalworking in my woodworking shop and pay close attention to where I am doing what. Keeping the sawdust cleaned up is a primary thing as is watching where the sparks I am making are going. I bought a welding blanket and can hang that between the grinding and wood which helps a ton.
Incidentally, I recently opened and while doing that had a poll on my wood site asking about people who do both wood and metal working. The percentage floored me as right around 50 percent of woodworkers do at least some metalworking as well.

-- Tom Hintz,

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#12 posted 10-22-2010 11:36 AM

as a farmer i do welding, mechanics, oil changes, maintenance etc in the hangar that contains my woodshop corner, in the beginning every activity was mixed when i started messing with wood. but slowly the woodpart grew and took over the entire shop, i moved all the non-wood stuff to the other corner of the hangar because the problem is that steel is covered with a protective greasy black powder wich you must absolutely prevent from contaminating any wooden surface, and at the center of my shop stood a large steel welding table wich i couldn’t use to put wood on unless i layed some sacrificial parts under first.
thats the main problem i believe, that and mostly the metal chips that fly around when you drill in metal and the cutting oil. welding itself is not that much of a problem, just make sure the flying drops of fusioned steel don’t go damaging any of your wooden shop furniture or plastic powertools.

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#13 posted 10-22-2010 11:08 PM

2nd fire extinguisher!!

-- Doug...

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#14 posted 10-22-2010 11:20 PM

Metalwork beyond what I do with tin snips, gets done at a friends shop. (He is set up for metal, I am set up for wood). Metal working is nasty, filthy, greasy work. And the tools that one uses tend to spread that nastiness around. I don’t want it in my shop.

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#15 posted 10-23-2010 12:25 AM

It is greasy work. I helped my friend change a tire this afternoon, after school, in the auto shop… I am still covered in grease… And I cannot tell you how many nights I have come up, black as night, from grinding…

Anyway, off to work on my Arc-induced Sun-tan…. lol..

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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