It took me about two days in high school shop class to get A's from a very
picky teacher with a stick welder. If your born the 'dorking skills then
you should be able to pick up just about any 'dorking, be it wood, or
metal, or solder, or plastic, or duct tape.
If all you intend on welding is thin stock, say 1/4" at the max, one of
those 120 volt portable mig welders is the way to go. Mig welding is sooooo
much nicer than stck. I have a mig I bought 20 years ago, I don't own a
stick welder, but have spent quite a few hours using both. The only draw
back with a mig welder is you can get nice looking welds that do not
penetrate, so mig does take some practice too. Also a mig does not weld
dirty or painted metal well.
I took a short welding course in high school over 35 years ago as part of a
refrigeration course (I remember striking the arc too low and welding an air
conditioning motor to the welding bench, but that's another story) and hadn't
touched a welder until a couple of years ago. A 15 minute "crash course" from a
friend and a couple of afternoons of practice... They might not be the prettiest
welds but they're strong.
Buffalo, NY - USA
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I've went to his website before.
He does some nice work; ever since then I've been eyeing a welder ;-)
A nice mix of metal and wood working.
The step by step pictures/explanations are great; better than most
Bob, The router table looks very well done. Something only
welder/woodworker is capable of!
I like your idea of mounting the 130XP on top of the 180SD. I have the 210
and a 135 and love to use both. The 180 is on my, "Honey, in order to do
this I have to buy a different welder" list. Just waiting for the project!
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