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

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CHAPTER 3

 

Steel

 

What Is Steel?

For the beginning welder, steel is an ideal material (Figure 3.1). Steel allows you to weld, reweld, cut, bend, file, grind, drill, and more, all with fairly basic tools. It is strong, readily available, inexpensive, and relatively forgiving when welding and manipulating. For these reasons, it is used in many structural and artistic applications today from demanding feats of engineering such as the Golden Gate Bridge to someone’s backyard garden art.

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FIGURE 3.1 Examples of steel.

To understand steel, you must first take a look at its main ingredient—iron. By mass, iron is the most common element forming our planet, ...

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