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03-01-2018 04:49 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jig tip question

I’m a woodworker but i recently got a MIG welder and i’m looking around my shop thinking i could probably weld up some cool stuff. Anybody have some “must have” projects that i should weld up for my shop? I’m not sure where to start but i want to just make some sparks!

-- Brad --

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#1 posted 03-01-2018 05:00 AM

Find some old bed frames and make some lumber storage racks. Or a mobile base(s) for your machine. Or, depending on what machine you have, a cart for your welder. Uses are endless. It’s like a hot melt glue gun but for metal :)

If you haven’t already checked them out, Miller, Hobart and Lincoln have some pretty good forums with lots of ideas.


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#2 posted 03-01-2018 05:00 AM

How ‘bout a welders cart?

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#3 posted 03-01-2018 05:46 AM

Good luck! I am self-taught, mainly via some books, and consequently do a lot of dubious stuff, I know. I think a real welder would cringe at some of my techniques. One thing I highly recommend is an auto-darkening welding helmet. HF has them for around $45 or so, and they work very well. Without that, I would have to aim at where I wanted the weld to go, close the helmet, and hope I might hit the target. Sometimes missed it by a mile.

Also I like wire brushes to clean up the weld, including down to toothbrush size (great also if you have metal teeth). No need for a chipping hammer like with stick welding. To me the most challenging to weld is really thin stuff. Thin wall conduit (emt) is really tricky, as it just wants to burn up. I’d also recommend a 4 1/2” angle grinder for cutting metal (with 1/16” thick disks) and for undoing “unsuccessful” welds. I mainy use flux core wire.

Ultimately, I used it to fabricate my riving knife for the Unisaw, and it worked well for that. Mine is a 140 amp (240 volts), and I got it at HF about 35 years ago. The cooling fan bearing squeals on startup now, so I may be upgrading before too long (or else put new bearings in the fan).

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#4 posted 03-01-2018 05:59 AM

If you have a lathe and are a woodturner, a steady rest, hollowing tool, tool rest, boring tool. If you work with veneers a veneer press, veneer cutting tools.

-- Tom D

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#5 posted 03-01-2018 06:00 AM

This is a good start thanks everyone. @runswithscissors I have some welding gear that was passed down from my dad including an autodarkening helmet which you’re right is awesome. I did a little stick welding a few years ago but it was maybe just an hour or so, switching to MIG is a learning curve and my first few welds were UGLY!

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#6 posted 03-01-2018 04:19 PM

If you are new at using it, I strongly recommend you watch some videos on You Tube about how to MIG weld. Getting the balance of electrical current and speed of wire feed for what you are welding plus various motions of weld patterns takes some understanding and practice.

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#7 posted 03-01-2018 04:36 PM


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#8 posted 03-01-2018 05:21 PM

First thing’s first when you buy a welder. A nice reinforced 1/2” thick steel jig table.

A good wood workbench was one of the first things you made for woodworking, right?

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#9 posted 03-02-2018 01:20 AM

practice practice practice get as much scrap as you can find and keep running pass after pass. this way you get a good feel for laying the wire and your right settings such as wire speed and heat. get a 4” grinder with a wire wheel and a regular grinding disc. as a beginer having clean steel helps get all the paint and rust off makes welding easier.

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