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When I was an apprentice at Dowty we were sent to Stroud College to learn some specialist skills and complete an electronics project. We decided to build a tracking solar panel that followed the sun. For this we needed a framework to support our mocked up panel. So I temporarily joined the metal work class and watched the demonstration of lots of different types of welding. I also learnt how to braze using Oxy-Acetylene. I practiced this on the framework for the tracker.

More recently I attended an evening class at Chelsea College of Art and Design with some other beginner welders where I built a giant flea sculpture using MIG welding.

After doing some research I bought a small DC TIG welder from R-Tech Welding who I also use for welding supplies. The reason for picking this is that it’s has less sparks so is safer for my small workshop and can be used on a wide variety of sizes of steel. I did not need to use the welder in a lot of different places so transporting the argon tank is not an issue. I have used this welder for variety welding projects in my workshop shed which you can see listed below. If you use MIG or TIG then I can definitely recommend getting a large refillable gas canister (in my case argon) as the small disposable canisters will run out quickly and it will become expensive very quickly. I found that even for a quick project such as my Obelisks that required multiple canisters.

Spoon delivery

Spoon delivery

Last month, I made a spoon for Stephanie of the A Single Spoon Project. I posted it over to Tennessee last week and I’m sure you will be glad to hear that it’s arrived safely. The plan for the all

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Five welding mistakes to avoid

Five welding mistakes to avoid

Welding can be very dangerous, there are numerous hazards to try and avoid and lots of ways to get hurt. The amount of risk depends on the type of welding you are doing, as some welding techniques involve more hazardous

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Weld Dot Com needs you

Weld Dot Com needs you

The industry directory and maker of the “Mr Tig” videos Weld.Com are looking for writers who weld or welders who write. They are specifically looking for two kinds of people: An industry leader who is very knowledgeable on a certain

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Invention of the day – Welded rivet

Invention of the day -  Welded rivet

I’ve been following Patrick Andrews Invention of the day for some time now and it’s inspired me to share the following thought with you. My thought this morning was based on what I saw the other weekend when welding a

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Welding Experiment

Whilst I was out in the workshop welding up a frame, I thought I’d try an experiment. My idea was to use a security marker pen, the type that only shows up under UV light. I drew a couple of

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Welding project

Welding project

Back in February I drew up a metal frame in CAD, that I promised to fabricate for a friends shed. I cut up the metal last month and the other weekend tack welded it together. I also got to try

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Hobby Welding and Duty Cycle

Hobby Welding and Duty Cycle

Earlier this month I wrote up a detailed article on duty cycle for Westermans. For the hobby welder I’ve really not found it to be an issue. There are a few reason for this. Firstly, I work in smaller sections

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More Welding apps for your phone

More Welding apps for your phone

Someone pointed out that there is a special offer on the Android market for apps today, they are priced at just 10p. I did a quick search for welding and found the following two free apps (so that’s 20p saved).

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