Learn How to Weld with Welding 101.

If you’ve never welding before, today’s easy-to-use wire feed units speed up the learning process. Time to let your creativity shine.

1. Before you begin

First, practice handling the gun without actually welding. Hold its barrel in one hand, and rest that hand on the table. The other hand operates the trigger of the gun. Stand in a comfortable position and move the gun steadily across the work surface. Adjust your posture and gun movement so they feel natural.

Connect the work lead to the workpiece, and hold the gun so that the wire meets the surface of the weld at an angle of about 30 degrees. Touch the wire very lightly to the surface, squeeze the trigger, and gently pull the gun toward you to make your first test weld. The wire should melt into the weld puddle at a uniform rate and make a constant cracking noise as it goes. Adjust the welder settings if needed.

2. Prepare the metal welding.

Prepare the metal welding

Mark a line with a carbide scraper or woodworker’s awl, and cut with a hacksaw or hacksaw. Clean the metal with a degreaser for a stronger weld.

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3. Prepare the metal (continued)

Next, grind or file a slight bevel along the edges you are welding. This ensures the weld penetrates as deep as possible and countersinks it so you can grind it flush. Don’t overdo it or you will burn into the metal when you weld.

4. Position the pieces

When building a project like our C table, you’ll need to create an exact 90-degree angle. Clamp the mating surfaces together, leaving enough space for the tuck weld. The pieces should be flat and fit cleanly without interfering metal burrs.

Check the position of the assembly with a square. Use an aluminum carpenter’s triangle square on the inside of the joint or a steel carpenter’s square on the outside.

5. Take weld

Glue the pieces together in a couple of places along each joint. Check again for square corners; If something shifts and puts the assembly out of square, grind the tack weld, replace the parts, and try again.

6. Finish the weld.

After everything is in place, lay out your final weld beads. As pleasant as it is to make good, smooth welds, resist the temptation to overdo it. The more ore you collect, the more you have to grind.

7. Post-weld cleaning

Knock the slag off with a welding hammer, and then use a 36-grit grinding wheel to grind the beads down to the surrounding metal. To ensure a flat, flush surface, move the grinder along the weld, not across it. Remove any marks with a 60-grit zirconia flap disc.

The finishing tip

Prime and paint the steel, buff it with some clear wax, or spray on a coating of clear acrylic. But do it sooner rather than later. You don’t want a rust layer to form.

8. Make this metal sea table

Our C Table is a beautiful piece of furniture in an industrial look. Two 16-inch square frames are joined to two 15-inch-long uprights. Use wood, stone, glass or metal structures to support the top.

This is an ideal project for the first time welder. All 10 pieces of steel are cut from 1 inch square steel tubing with 1/16 inch wall thickness. The top and bottom frame pieces are joined with a 45 degree miter. Both uprights match frames with bit pairs. And welding couldn’t be easier: with a low amperage setting and slow wire speed, flux cored arc welding is as easy and forgiving a process as you can learn.

Can I teach myself welding?

Most people can learn the fundamentals of welding on their own to make basic fabrications and do common repair work by researching content from reliable sources and a lot of practice. However, if you have professional intentions, you cannot reach a high skill level fast enough without the guidance of experts

How fast can I learn to weld?

Typically, welding training ranges between 7 months and 2 years of hands-on instruction, depending on the program you choose

Why is welding so hard?

Because of positioning your arm, welding vertically and overhead using Tungsten Inert gas welding is hard. Beginners may get discontented by the clumsy movement of hands these positions need. It causes more contamination with tungsten and weld malfunctioning


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