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The perfect getting-started guide for hobbyists and artists who want to learn to work with metal. The TAB Guide to DIY Weldingprovides you with beginning welder/metalworker projects and instructions that will improve your proficiency quickly. This practical guide takes you through setting up a metalworking studio, finding local resources for tools and materials, safe operation of a number of metal studio tools, and detailed instructions on fun, useful household projects. The first part of the book focuses on welding theory (explaining the principles at work behind the common MIG welder), shop set-up, safety, and understanding welding and cold-connection types. The foundation laid down in the early chapters is put to use and tested through the projects included in the second part of the book. These hands-on projects allow you to develop and showcase new welding skills and provide building blocks upon which other projects and tasks can be based. A list of online and local resources provided at the end of the book will help you access a metalworking community, which will support continued growth and learning. A fun, challenging, and practical guide to getting started with MIG welding Highly illustrated with photos and drawings, providing step-by-step instructions and clear explanations Projects include surfaces, containers, picture frame, coffee table, outdoor fire pit, and more Practical guide for developing skills in metalwork and metal repair Easy-to-follow instructions for artists, artisans, and hobbyists Perfect companion for classroom and shop instruction written by an experienced teacher
Table of Contents
Introduction Part I: Getting Started 1: The What and Why of Welding 2: Tools 3: Materials 4: The Metalworking Studio or Workshop 5: Metalworking Safety 6: Connections, Hardware, and Joints Part II: Projects 7: Start from Scratch 8: Surfaces 9: Containers 10: Picture Frame 11: Coffee Table 12: Outdoor Fire Pit 13: Final Project Appendix A: Resources Index