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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 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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