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5 Master Projects That Show You Are One Of The Best Welders In The World

As a woodworker, for years I have tried to incorporate metal into my builds. There are many people out there that like the combination look of wood and metal objects. Having said that, many people think that just because you’re a woodworker that you can’t be world class welder as well. If you haven’t done this before, I would recommend …

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Do Welding Rods Go Bad?

Welding projects cannot be completed without welding electrodes, and in order to produce quality welds, your rods must be in good condition. Electrodes can go bad relatively easily, so it’s important to know how to care for the electrode to not only preserve shelf life, but also to avoid weld defects from using a damaged rod.   Regardless of whether …

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Are Welding Fumes Poisonous?

In the years I have spent fusing metals together in my workstation, the wispy white smoke produced during the welding process was something I was accustomed to. When subjected to a high heat, any material produces smoke on combustion; metals are no exception. In welding, metals are subjected to very high temperatures till they reach the melting point producing gases …

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What do Hose Colors Mean When Welding?

I reme,ber the first time I had a torch in my hands. I turned on the gas, struck some sparks and a little blue flame slickered into life. Magic. But how did that happen. What was coming from those tanks. And what did these colors mean? They came in a variety of colors, and I did not know if that …

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Why Do Welds Crack?

What are the major causes of cracked welds? A weld will crack most often due to improper welding techniques before, during, and after the welding process. Common causes of cracking include inadequate preparation of the work piece, poor part fitment, inaccurate welder settings, and contaminated filler materials. There is good news, however. Many, if not all of these issues can …

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5 Beginner Projects For Woodworkers To Get Started With Welding

While some schools attempt to get their students into welding at an early age, not every curriculum is looking to teach students trades like this. Many schools have woodworking programs that tend to appeal to a good portion of the students, but welding is not something that is typically taught along with it. Having said that, knowing how to weld …

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5 Intermediate Projects to Really Help You Grow as a Welder

There are a lot of woodworkers out there trying to incorporate welding and metal work into their builds. This lends a certain aesthetic to any project you are working on, so who knows, maybe you’ve already dabbled in this before. If you have done this before,  then the likelihood is you found some projects that suited you as a beginner. …

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The 10 Best Welding Projects for High Schoolers

While you may think that they should start teaching kids at an earlier age, many high schools have a welding program to help the kids start learning trades as they get older. High school students are more capable of understanding the ins and outs of the more labor-intensive projects. Since many times they do start teaching kids about Middle School …

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The Top 10 Welding Projects for Kids

There has been a lot of discussion over the last few years about when you should start teaching your child how to work with metal. Some people say they should wait until High School, however, the earlier you start a kid learning something like this the better. Children tend to learn better at younger ages. Their brain is a sponge …

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6 Types of Welds and When to Use Each

What are the 6 types of welds and when should you use each type? Officially, there are 5 types of weld joints: butt, T-joint, lap, edge, and corner. However, many might consider tack welding to be a sixth—and very useful—type. The type of weld joint necessary depends on many factors, least of which is the amount of stress the weld …