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Re: [Shop-talk] Welding Class Project Suggestions

Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Welding Class Project Suggestions
From: steve hochschild <>
Date: Sat, 03 Jan 2015 12:54:35 -0600
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Make a small patio table using square or rectangular tubing for the 
legs, and angle for the perimeter of the top.  Cut a piece of hardiboard 
for the top, and then you and your wife/friend/daughter can make a 
mosaic tile top for it.  Don't forget to cut and weld small pieces to 
fill in the bottom ends of the legs, so they don't sink into the dirt or 
dig into the deck.  Grind all the welds very smooth.  Spray paint it 
with the cool textured or hammered Rustoleum, or something else I like 
is bed liner paint.

This is good a good practice project, as it requires you to figure out 
how to use the right angle magnet or clamp, how to design the way the 
legs and angle meet, and how to weld tube.  Every patio or porch needs a 
plant stand or small table, and best of all, it makes this new activity 
look like it might add to the household.  And the womens luv mosaic 

I have made a bunch of these, sold a few, and have morphed them into end 
tables using stainless, as well as stand up planters so my mother 
doesn't have to bend down to plant her flowers.  I have even given them 
as crafting gifts, with the thinset, grout, and table as a kit, leaving 
the recipient to design and buy the mosaic tile art. One friend ended up 
using broken porcelain like old plates that she got from the Goodwill to 
make a really beautiful ocean scene with sand, blue waves, and clouds in 
the sky.

My local community college welding class started with oxy/acetylene, 
then went to stick.  The second semester was where we got to MIG and 
TIG.  I would have preferred to have completely skipped the stick 
welding, as I have no interest there, but I have since purchased a MIG 
and two TIG welders.  Good luck!!!

On 1/3/2015 11:57 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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