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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 4

 

Metalworking Studio

The freedom to create whatever you want whenever you want has its advantages, and setting up your own metal shop can be a rewarding experience. However, to build a functioning metal shop from scratch can cost quite a bit. On top of the thousands of dollars you may spend on tools, you also need to consider electrical work, maintenance, utility costs, and any custom building that needs to be done for safety. As I’ve mentioned a few times already, I discourage new metalworkers from doing this until they have spent some time creating work in an existing metal shop. Of course, I understand that not everybody has access to a metal shop, so in this chapter I’ll review some things to keep in mind when and if you have to ...

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