A MAKE commenter added some more resources for welding – “Definitely check out the Crucible in oakland. Better yet, just pick up a book and buy a cheap $100 mig/tig welder from harbor freight or homedepot and try it yourself. Just be sure to wear proper eye and skin protection. You can also check out http://www.MetalWorkingFAQ.NET and http://www.weldingresource.com on the various welding and fabricating techniques. Don’t use bed frames for practice – the metal is of such poor quality you’ll most likely be frustrated from the get-go.” – Link.
Primer: Welding – If you need metal stuck together, there is no quicker path than buying a portable 110-volt wire-feed welder. Mr. Jalopy’s introduction to welding will help you understand the process and show how you can be a welder by the end of the weekend–and end up with a couple of jigs for the effort. MAKE 03 – Page 158 (log in now and start welding).
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http://www.weldingresource.com does not seem to exist… there isn’t even a google cache for it.
Never mind, Must have been a glich. Odd that there is not a cache for it though.
I’m glad to see welding with the proper protection shown in pictures, I have friends that often neglect the proper clothing and sometime catch on fire; they always end up looking sun burned on the arms and face… maybe if they had helmets with the cool coop art like the one in your photo they would use them more.
http://www.weldingresource.com does exist, but it and http://www.metalworkingfaq.net/ both seem to be completely empty/useless wiki sites?
The welder in the picture doesn’t quite have the proper protection. If I recall correctly, Mr Jalopy recommends cheap garden gloves with cotton backs.
Hot weld spatter will go through cotton like it’s not there. Much better to buy an only slightly more expensive set of special purpose welding gloves and just use them for welding.
Or Pratt, in Seattle. They offer several welding classes each quarter, blacksmithing, and much more.
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