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« on: February 26, 2011 09:02:29 AM »

I don't know that I've seen any welding projects on craftster before, though maybe there are some... so I thought I'd post. It's not as hard as you may think, you just have to take safety precautions like anything else!

Here is my very first welding project... I love the furniture on Hudson Goods (but can't afford!) so I bought a welder instead! Here is a little end table shaped like a "c" so it can be pulled up to the sofa... wood is distressed, "reclaimed" - looking pine (hammer, blow torch, etc).



I have some bookshelves almost completed in a similar style that I will post soon. I still want to make a cool dog kennel and a rocking chair using both wood & metal, so one of those may be next!

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« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2011 09:35:33 AM »

lovely job!
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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2011 06:30:30 PM »

Wow! You welded it yourself?HuhShocked I've never heard about DIY welding! Can you explain how you actually do that? What materials did you use? It is quite challenging I suppose.
Well done you!
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2011 08:00:09 PM »

I have seen some amazing, complicated, intricate work on Craftster.  I think that many people feel that welding is just too daunting, but judging by other projects that are posted on these pages, I bet it's not as hard as you may think... especially if you are crafty to begin with!

If you live in a larger city, look at local community colleges for an artistic welding class. I wouldn't just jump right in because there are some safety precautions you need to take, as with most hobbies. I had signed up for an artistic welding class in Portland, but then I got pregnant, put it on hold, we moved, and there aren't classes where I now live in Alaska. My best friends' husband is a metalworker, and did a fantastic couple hour lesson for me that got me started (hooray!).

I got a welder for Christmas and an angle grinder for cutting metal for my birthday. I have accumulated other safety gear, but most items, including a welder, can be borrowed if you just want to try it out!

I bought the square tube metal for this project at a welding supply store (about 13 linear feet) at about $1-2/foot. I cut the pieces out with my angle grinder, welded the corners and ground down the welds to make a more finished edge. The corner pieces are flat steel cut with the grinder and hammered into shape. I connected them with steel rivets and made the top out of pine. I have seen these tables for $150-300 in stores, so I thought it would make a nice project!

I have a metal/pine dog crate with arched doors and a fold out deck (I know - we have a spoiled puppy) that I am almost done with - should have photos up this weekend I hope!
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