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Re: [Shop-talk] Welding Class Project Suggestions

To: Patton Dickson <>, Shop-Talk <>
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Welding Class Project Suggestions
From: Dave Cavanaugh <>
Date: Sat, 03 Jan 2015 10:23:17 -0800
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What kind of class is it, and what is your skill level?

If you have low or zero experience, I would initially focus on just 
learning the basics of gas, stick and wire feed welding, and then, if 
they offer it, maybe try tig.  Learn the equipment, types and positions 
of welds, metal preparation, types of rod, and so on. Relax, take your 
time and take advantage of the experience of your instructor and the 
other students.  Welding and figuring out how to do projects can be a 
lot of fun.

If you already have, or once you get some basic experience, your 
projects are pretty much going to be dictated by what you need, but your 
fuel pump bracket for the Healy sounds like a good start. Build a full 
size cardboard mock up to figure out all the locations and joints, then 
cut it out and build it.

Welding projects are something we struggle with in my Ag Mechanics 
classes.  Years ago when a lot of the students came from farms or lived 
on acreage, there was always something that needed to be welded or 
fabricated.  Gates, trailers, hitches, farm or ag equipment, car and 
truck stuff.  Now most of the kids live in town or in apartments and 
most of them don't have a clue about what to make as a welding project.  
Building a deer feeder, a trailer dolly, engine lift or repairing a box 
blade is a foreign to them as building a space shuttle.

On 1/3/2015 9:57 AM, Patton Dickson wrote:
> I am finally signed up for a welding class at a local Community College.
> Any suggestions as to projects I should try.
> The only thing I have planned right now is a fuel pump bracket to better
> fit the aftermarket pump in my Healey.
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