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    Decided to do a little welding today

    Have had the material around for about 4 years now for my welding table, decided it was time to tack it up.

    Done!
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    Have a couple of old drums off my old tahoe and a basket ball goal post that rotted off at the ground, put them to use also.
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    Added a little shelf for a cooling can to set on with water in it.
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    A little gloat, thanks to Mr. Delaney...got a matched set of welding clamps
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    Darren

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    Looks good Darren. I tried to weld once. I could stick 2 pieces of metal together better with a magnet, than weld it
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    Darren I would add a lip or some other way to hold the cooling can on the shelf. If not the vibration from the grinder might just wet your shoes for ya
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Southwood View Post
    Looks good Darren. I tried to weld once. I could stick 2 pieces of metal together better with a magnet, then weld it
    This looks pretty sloppy. I had cleaned up the joints for welding, but didn't think to clean up the sides that had contact with the table, which was where I had originally grounded for welding, finally moved the ground clamp on to the work piece.


    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Thoits View Post
    Darren I would add a lip or some other way to hold the cooling can on the shelf. If not the vibration from the grinder might just wet your shoes for ya
    Ha! That's good advice...will do...Thanks!
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    Looks like fun!
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    Darren,
    Pick up a couple of these next time your at HF cheap and very handy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    This looks pretty sloppy. I had cleaned up the joints for welding, but didn't think to clean up the sides that had contact with the table, which was where I had originally grounded for welding, finally moved the ground clamp on to the work piece.
    Maybe so, but they're a paragon of excellence compared to the welds you'd see at my house At least I have an angle grinder after the fact

    Seriously looks pretty good, its straight and sturdy looking, can't ask for much more than that at the end of it.

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    Thanks guys!

    Quote Originally Posted by Don Baer View Post
    Darren,
    Pick up a couple of these next time your at HF cheap and very handy.
    Got a couple of those, they are in the bottom left of the first photo. They really hold well and come in handy, used one to put that hold that little shelf in place until I got it tacked up. I want to say I've got a few more around, but haven't emptied that box yet apparently.
    Darren

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    Cool Darren. This is the benefit of the recycle phase of car repairs.
    This is something i really desperately want to get into. Welding. Also want a "mechanics shop" grinder set up like you have. Nearly had one with a cheap grinder recently but its was junk so still waiting.

    Bessy sure did themselves a great deal of good dishing out all those freeeebies. Hey the welding dont have to be for pros on the pipeline, its for your standards its your shop. Tack table is a good idea. So is Dons magnet clamp.


    As to car part reuse last time around i kept some parts to use for stand support just like you. Except i kept a couple of heavy front discs. Purchased a couple of offcut pipes that telescope into each other with a perfect fit and a couple of small off cut squares of steel. Am waiting for my buddy and weather to be able to have him weld it up for me. I will use the setup for outfeed rollers. The ones i have seen in the store are well rickety in my view and for less than the price of one i get two sturdy units and recycle some steel. Rollers only cost me $4 for nice steel ones on bearings.
    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    Am waiting for my buddy and weather to be able to have him weld it up for me. I will use the setup for outfeed rollers. The ones i have seen in the store are well rickety in my view and for less than the price of one i get two sturdy units and recycle some steel. Rollers only cost me $4 for nice steel ones on bearings.
    You should see if he'll show you how to do it, best to learn from someone that can show you what to look for. I've got a little Hobart 135, which is a 110V welder, and so simple a monkey can weld with it.

    A friend of mine showed me how to weld, he had all the certifications and did it professionally. He now works for the gas company. When they get a broken main, he has to go weld the thing up live. He and another guy suit up with a fire suit, the other guy holds a fire extinguisher while he throws a match in the hole and burns off the settled gas. The pressure on the gas line keeps the fire from getting to the line so he jumps in the hole next to the flame spewing out of the break and starts welding up the break. They also have relief valves or can install one at a tap close by and burn off the gas ahead of the weld.

    Like this...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRnpqwwWzfo
    Darren

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