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Jerry

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109 days ago

So I really do not have any welding real experience. But I purchased a Hobart AC stickmate welder new about a year ago anticipating welding up a shop building. The full time guy who works for us can weld really well and he has been welding out I beam trusses together, welding the purlins onto the building and basically doing a lot of welding.

I now have an itch for doing some welding myself. I spent about 3 hours on youtube just watching stick welding videos and now I am just itching to lay my first real weld.

When we get into our new shop, I want to weld up a sheet / lumber rack out of 4X4 square tubing and angle iron. I also plan on welding up some very heavy duty flat bed carts. I plan on keeping a dedicated breaker set in our box for our welder so that we can do minor repairs or fabrications from time to time at our shop with minimal set up. Maybe we can weld up a metal table for doing welding projects on and let the table live outside so that we are not welding inside a wood shop environment…

So not sure how many if any woodworkers enjoy a little welding???

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net


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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 109 days ago

I can weld, but I wouldn’t necessarily say i enjoy it ;-)) Just do it when I need to.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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REO

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#2 posted 109 days ago

I enjoy the welders alot! AC-DC TIG,MIG,AC-DC Arc and the plasma torch lol I need them for building specialty wood working equipment (2 lathes last year) aircraft parts, my own and others jigs and fixtures as well as repair parts for people.

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waho6o9

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#3 posted 109 days ago

Love me some Tig.

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natenaaron

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#4 posted 109 days ago

I like welding. Takes a butt ton of practice but it opens up a lot of possibilities. I have a mig I like, and a gig I have never turned on. I inherited them so am taking it slow. SWMBO just ordered a wood and steel TV stand. HEE HEE. I get to build something.

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pneufab

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#5 posted 109 days ago

<—Enjoys welding

:)

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Loren

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#6 posted 109 days ago

I like working on an anvil more but making something tough
and practical with steel and a welder is satisfying. It’s
really the right material for some jobs and steel is currently
a rather trendy material to incorporate in higher-end
furniture so it’s worth knowing how to do some things
with it.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 109 days ago

I liked working with the forge, but haven’t done it since I was a kid. I did save a wheel off my one ton van to build one, but too many other things that are more fun ;-)) I was taught to weld in the forge. Does that count?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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waho6o9

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#8 posted 109 days ago

That counts Topa.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#9 posted 109 days ago

Good! I didn’t want to be left out ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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bowedcurly

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#10 posted 109 days ago

learning to weld is a great thing another skill in your arsenal, I learned to glob weld about 18 years ago and its saved me lots of trips to town, just fix it myself, even better if you have torches

-- 2+2 is 9

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Jerry

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#11 posted 109 days ago

So there are a few welder enthusiasts on this site. I figured so :)

As Loren mentioned, steel is really the right material for some projects. Such as my current sheet rack. I built it a couple years ago out of pine studs 2*4 and deck screws. It was fairly good when I first built it. Now it has weakened to the point where I will be re bracing and strengthening it this upcoming week to keep things safe. It has worked great but the fact is a strong welded steel sheet rack will be much safer and stronger.

I will start with stick welding and hopefully learn some tig welding in the future.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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quartrsawn

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#12 posted 109 days ago

I have always wanted to learn welding and glass blowing.

-- Nat - West Sayville,L.I., NY

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Underdog

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#13 posted 109 days ago

Wish I had a welder. I’d have made lots of stuff… I can stick weld a little. Never did get the hang of wire welding although I tried. Just can’t get that row of dimes…

I had a buddy weld up a steady rest I had cut, drilled and tapped a bunch of parts for. I intend to post a blog about it at some point.

I’d make Dave Gingery’s sheet metal tools if I had a welder. I have all the steel…

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Jerry

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#14 posted 109 days ago

Hey yeah, cutting torches. They are crazy expensive. My friendly neighbor has loaned us his bottles and victor cutting torch for our building project. So lately I have been looking at used torches on CL and they are very expensive, actually the larger bottles are pretty steep in cost. I hope to add a cutting torch someday :) Of course I have no real good idea how to use one but Eric works the cutting torch for us at this time.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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Jerry

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#15 posted 109 days ago

Glass blowing sounds very interesting.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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