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    Ok I bought myself a welder for Christmas and need some links to sites that have good descriptions of the basics of welding. I have found quite a bit of good information on this page, but I need the very basics. I bought the welder to work on my 71 cutlass and to build some weightlifting equipment. But I need to learn techniques and safety.

    The welder I bought was a cambell Hausfeld WF2000. It is a flux core wire feed welder, but you can buy a kit to convert it to mig, which I suppose I will do eventually. It has 30-80 Amp Output and welds 20g – 3/16” so it sounded like it would do most of what I want. I bought it because I got an extra discount at work and wanted to get either a welder or a compressor. And the welder seemed more like the one I couldn't do with other types of tools.

    I already have the steel cut for one project. I am making a piece of grip working equipment. I have the 3/4 square 14 ga steel tubing cut into the various lengths needed for the gripper machine. And I have 2 pieces of roughly 1/4 inch by roughly 1&1/2 inch flat steel cut for the hinges. They will be drilled through and a bolt put through them for the upper part of the grip machine to pivot on. What I worry about is welding those to the 14 ga tubing. Should I just cut up the last of the 14 ga tubing or could I weld the flat steel to the side and the weld be sturdy enough? I don't think the weld would be highly stressed. I have a JPG of the basic plan if somebody could point me to a how to post pictures on this website. (added)Ok that was easy. The picture is a simple paint produced image and is basically a rough sketch of how the machine will look when I am finished putting it together. I may also mount the metal base to a piece of 2* lumber to make it stable, but that is not in the picture. I could put some metal feet, but I think the wood base would be easier and perhaps more stable.
    Last edited by Wmarden; 12-26-2002, 10:16 PM.

  • #2
    Link to US Army Welding Manual save each chapter to hard drive then burn to CD.

    Miller has some good welding books cheap and free articles. Navigate from this link.

    James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation Books

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    • #3
      In MHO...
      You should find a vo-tech school to take an intro welding course or hook up with someone who really knows how to weld (versus sticking stuff together and hoping it holds). There are several things you need to be aware of and anything short of OJT with someone who knows the process is cheating yourself both safety and fun-wise. I started self-taught hobby welding when I was 12 and I took my first TIG course 40 years later - not a smart move waiting that long. I missed out on a lot of fun not having the benefit of good teachers and dedicated practice time and materials along the way.
      Be careful,


      • #4

        Thanks for the links and ideas. My brother in law may be able to help some. Plus he told me where to go to get some scrap steel to practice with. He says it should cost roughly 10cents a pound. Of course the place has been known to be slightly dishonest, but for what I want it should be close enough.


        • #5
          Practice is a key word. When you think you are doing OK, cut and or break some of the practice welds to see what is going on inside.

          Welcome. Lots of good advice on this forum. If you can post pix of your welds and ask, you can get lots of feedback.

          A bench press seems like a fairly straight forward design ... BUT since you are "new to welding" I would overdesign and put it off until you are confident of your welds. Ugly to think of the whole thing collapsing from a bad weld during or after a heavy set.

          Last edited by Bob; 12-31-2002, 09:02 AM.


          • #6
            I do like to overbuild things. I have a wooden flat utility bench that I made about three years ago and it is quite sturdy. I have put 800+(can't remember exactly but it is well over 800 pounds, maybe over 900) pounds on it to test it. And it barely wiggles. It is made out of 2*12 lumber. It has a 2*12 top and 2 legs. With a couple of 2*4s tying the legs together and couple of shelf braces on the outside of each leg. I always do some form of testing before I use the equipment I make.


            • #7
              I just realised overlooked great beginning welder instruction books. You bought a ch--- welder as everyone knows but still can get benifit of instructions for best welders by free download of Hobart Welder Manuals or Miller Welder Manuals. Just follow Owners Manuals link at top of this page in banner to download Hobart MIG welder manuals. Try Millermatic MIG welder manuals at this link.

              Just download manual and save it to hard drive. Then print helpfull sections.

              Other companies websites have manuals available for download that might also help with a little different instructions to add variety.

              Cheap shot at your welder is in jest as having welder avalable is better than none. Oh no, used the C word again.

              If your welder doesn't have quick release drive roller I would look at how that feature worked on most MIG welders then make one for your welder.