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The TAB Guide to DIY Welding : Hands-on Projects for Hobbyists, Handymen, and Artists

  1. Cover
  2. About the Author
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Contents
  6. Preface
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Part 1 Metalworking 101
    1. 1 Safety First
      1. General Shop Safety
      2. Shop Hazards
      3. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
      4. Shop Safety Equipment
      5. Minimum Safety Equipment Review
    2. 2 Welding 101
      1. What Is Welding?
      2. What Isn’t Welding?
      3. How Welding Works
      4. Types of Welders
      5. Types of Welds and Joints
      6. A Brief History of Welding
    3. 3 Steel
      1. What Is Steel?
      2. Mild-Steel Properties
      3. How to Obtain Steel
    4. 4 Metalworking Studio
      1. Layout
      2. Buying Tools
      3. Cleaning and Maintenance
    5. 5 Basic Hand Tools
      1. Clamps
      2. Vice-Grips
      3. Measuring Tape
      4. Wire Cutters
      5. Magnetic Angles
      6. Other Layout Tools
      7. Slag Hammer
      8. Files
      9. Scribe
      10. Soapstone
    6. 6 Grinding and Cutting
      1. Angle Grinder
      2. Bench Grinder
      3. Chop Saw
      4. Parts
      5. Types of Disks
      6. Safety
      7. Practice
    7. 7 Drill Press
      1. Parts
      2. Accessories
      3. Drill Bits
      4. Speeds
      5. Drilling Practice
    8. 8 Roll Bending
      1. Parts
      2. Rolling Practice
    9. 9 Oxygen-Acetylene Torch
      1. Parts and Accessories
      2. Torch Cutting
      3. Torch Welding
      4. Torch Bending
    10. 10 Plasma Cutter
      1. Parts
      2. Operation
      3. Practice
    11. 11 Metal–Inert Gas (MIG) Welder
      1. Parts
      2. MIG Gun
      3. Inside a MIG Welder
      4. MIG Welder Consumables
      5. MIG Welder Adjustments
      6. You Are in Control
      7. Weld Vision
      8. Weld Orientation
      9. Operation
      10. Practice
    12. 12 Finishing
      1. Steel Preparation
      2. Muriatic Acid
      3. Paint
      4. Clear Finish
      5. Wax
      6. Powder Coating
  9. Part 2 Projects
    1. 13 Project Preparation
      1. Materials
      2. Studio Access
      3. Time
    2. 14 Start from Scratch
    3. 15 Cube
    4. 16 Plant Stand
    5. 17 Candelabras
    6. 18 End Table
    7. 19 Fireplace Log Holder
      1. Finishing
    8. 20 Garden Cart
      1. Finishing
    9. 21 Barbecue
      1. Finishing
  10. Resources
    1. Education and Studio Resources (Listed West to East)
    2. General Welding and Online Resources
  11. Index
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CHAPTER 2

 

Welding 101

 

What Is Welding?

At its most basic, welding is a process of joining materials so that the result is a continuous solid. It seems silly, but I find it helps to look at the definition of continuous; it means “an unbroken whole (solid) without interruptions.” This means that if you have two pieces of steel and you weld them together, the result is one uniform piece of steel without interruptions. People generally think of welding metals such as steel, aluminum, titanium, cast iron, or copper, but welding even can be used to join plastics and synthetic fibers. Because of the diverse properties of these materials, welding takes on many forms in terms of tools and procedures used.

To weld steel, you first must be able to bring ...

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