So I've decided to pick up the stick welder again and get some time in under the hood. I used to be able to weld a bit with SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) but I never really put the time in to get halfway decent at it. I've been taking some advice from the fine folks at weldingweb.com and doing some practice welding.
The chunk of steel I've been welding on is about 12" long by 5" wide and it was 1/4" thick, well 6mm.
I padded it from left to right the 12" long beads, fairly poorly I'll add, and today I turned the plate 90 degrees and started padding over top of that mess the short 5" way.
Burned up a few rods doing this and now I have a steel taco.
Lots more practice needed, but even if it still looks rough, I can feel that I'm improving, it is getting to be more of a muscle memory thing. I think I've burned through about 1/4 of my 5Kg/11lbs box of 6013 rods.
Hey, I'm enjoying myself, but I think I might move on to joining a couple of pieces of metal together now....
The goal here is to eventually take a test and get certified, I think this is a good idea, as I want to add welding to the list of things that I can do for work here, even if it is just welding for myself or customers.