There are many things that I've always wanted to try or at least get a sense of how they work. One of them has always been to weld something..anything.
Mind you I have know knowledge on how to weld as Ive never ever done this before. However, I have completed many projects that some folks would find difficult.
With this being said. I set out wanting to build a single tier brew stand for a AG set-up.
Looking at a lot of great stands on this site has inspired myself to take the plunge into building one. I did a Little research into the welding aspect by watching youtube.. (LOL) and reading a lot about the various forms of welding and the tools of the trade.
I started out thinking that ARC welding was for me. Yes, I know..some folks say ARC welding is the hardest to start out with. But I'm stubborn and wanted to try it. I bought a Clarke 110v ARC welder off of eBay for $65.00. It is new...Well needless to say that didn't last very long before I realized ARC welding wasn't going to cut it for my needs. Some people would have know problem with it I'm sure. But for me..it didn't workout.
My next stop was to NorthenTool. There I bought a Flux Core welder on sale. This welder doesn't have the shielding gas setup..you can just use the wire, not the gas. Which is fine for my build.
Boy, I love this thing a lot..works great!
So I started out buy buying the 1.5 X 1.5 16ga sq. tubing from a guy off of ebay. He didn't have my size in the length I needed so I emailed him. Which he said he could cut to 60" lengths.. I ordered 10, 60" pieces. Total cost to include shipping $94.00
The next thing I needed to do was sketch out some type of stand on paper. I looked around and got a lot of dimensions and then found the one I liked and drew it out.
Now the cutting of the tubing. I have a 10" table saw I used to cut the tubes. I removed the wood cutting wheel and replaced it with a 10" metal cutting one. I'm not sure if your suppose to do this or not, but in any case It worked out in cutting the tube.
Now the fun part...................................
Having to make everything square and line everything up is a PITA... But once its lined up and welded together its most rewarding knowing that you just have completed your first weld.
So right now I'm still in the process of welding it..Most of the frame is welded with only a few more pieces left to do. Also most of the welds have been ground down to clean them up. These photos are current.
So with all this being said...I'm really enjoying building the stand. And for those whom don't think they can weld or even build one..your wrong. Its fun and easy once you put your mind up to the task.