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Re: [Shop-talk] Welding Class Project Suggestions

Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Welding Class Project Suggestions
From: Mike Rambour <>
Date: Mon, 05 Jan 2015 16:37:30 -0800
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I disagree...and agree.

  Yes, you can buy a cart for less than what you will spend on the steel 
and time but you will learn how to weld while building that cart.  I 
have always from my first welder on, built a cart for it, sometimes I 
spent double on steel than what I could have bought at Harbor Fright, 
and at least on the first one the welds were better at Harbor Fright but 
I built it to my specs and learned a lot.


On 1/5/2015 4:33 PM, Jack Brooks wrote:
> Sorry I am late chiming in but building a cart is a waste of time when you
> can buy one from Horrible Freight for about $50.  The are acceptably good.
> Learning to weld is smart as it is a useful and barter-able skill.  I am the
> neighborhood welder.
> Also, Mr. 57 Healey, this is a great skill for tasks on my 1960 TR3 and my
> 1980 TR8.
> Jack
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Shop-talk [] On Behalf Of
> Patton Dickson
> Sent: Monday, January 05, 2015 11:09 AM
> To: Shop-Talk
> Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Welding Class Project Suggestions
> Thanks for all of the suggestions, I am going from a zero base and will be
> sure to let the instructor know that I need to learn sheet metal, but I am
> interested in some of the larger steel projects.  I will make the bracket,
> and probably a cart as well.
> I have a Weld-Pak 100, but already know that it is too weak to do much,
> will upgrade after I have a little time under my belt.
> Here is the class description
> An overview of the basic welding processes, including oxy-fuel welding and
> cutting, shielded metal arc (SMAW), gas metal arc (GMAW), and gas tungsten
> arc welding (GTAW). Set up machines and complete welds and cutting
> operations involving SMAW, OXY-FUEL, GMAW, GTAW, and resistance spot
> welding; practice basic shop safety; identify types of electrodes used in
> welding processes; define various welding and cutting standards; and
> demonstrate proper joint preparation techniques.
> I'm really looking froward to this
> Patton

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