Besides being an engaging activity, welding is a skill that often comes in handy, particularly in the home. You get to save a lot of money that would have gone to hiring a welder (different types of welders charge differently) to get some tasks done for you, while you could also practice some of your artistic prowess.
Even if you’re a beginner who’s trying to learn the ropes, there are many ways that DIY welding could help you. With nothing but a few welding tools and a couple of YouTube tutorials, you can transform yourself into a welding master and get anything you want to be made.
That said, here is a great DIY resource from Gregory you could make at home to hone your welding skills.
Horseshoes (and other associated stuff)
If you live on a ranch or you’re an avid equestrian, then you could put your welding skills to the test by making horseshoes. While there are several variants to this, there’s a bit of a learning curve here. Also, you could take horseshoe items and convert them into new stuff. For instance, two horseshoes can be fused to make a wine rack.
The welding table is simple to use, as you only need to make use of a few straight pieces of metal. These metal pieces are welded into a frame and are prepared to form the table.
You could always add metal slats on top of the frame to make for clamping, which would provide strength for the welding table to hold heavy objects. At the same time, the slats ensure that the table is still light enough for you to move it around.
You could save yourself a lot by making your barbecue grill. However, it would be best if you were careful not to go about things the wrong way.
To begin, you need to come up with a picture of what you want the grill to look like. Having an aesthetic objective will help save time and energy, since you know you’re working towards a specific look/.
Also, cut the tubing of the grill rack to the measurements that you like and use a cross weld to make solid weldings. You can shape and bend a metal sheeting to make the lower part of the grill, and attach it to the base so that it can collect any of the stray ash and charcoal that you produce while you work the barbecue. Throw in some square mesh on the two ends, and attach the legs of the grill.
You could also include a mesh tray in the center to hold the charcoal, then place the grill rack on top. You’ve got yourself a workable barbecue that can produce a delicious steak.
A simple fire pit is one of the first DIY welding projects that you could try your hands on as a beginner. You can make one shaped like a bowl, or you could opt to use a propane tank instead.
However, if you’ll be using the propane tank option, then you should weld stank on the side. Ensure that it’s free of any propane, so it doesn’t hurt you.
You could also weld two wheel rims together. When you’re done, create a hole at the side of the fire pit with a plasma cutter.
A quick tip: Throw a grate over the fire pit, to turn it into a barbecue. There are just so many ways to use your DIY skills to make some steak.
Having a car ramp is always a good idea for the house, especially if you have some mundane maintenance tasks, and you don’t want to go to a shop. A car ramp makes it easy for you to conduct simple mechanical repairs, such as changing the vehicle’s oil or inspecting some components of the vehicle that are found under it.
You could use angle iron to build the frame of your ramps. It can easily be welded, and since it’s more abundant than many materials, it’ll be cheaper. As for the surface, you’ll need a material that’s strong enough to carry the weight of the vehicle. Plywood is a great choice here.
It would help if you also kept in mind that the strength requirement of the car ramp will depend significantly on the size of the vehicle.
Regular House Furniture
If you ever need to spruce up your home and throw in some additional furniture, but you don’t want to splurge on the designer brands, then you could use this opportunity to sharpen your DIY welding skills. Come up with simple tables, benches, and stools, and you’ll be able to kill two birds with one stone.
You should know that a lot of regular house furniture could be a bit tricky for welding beginners. Tables are especially dicey since you will need to work on many angles. However, a little bit of experience can make a difference.
It’s recommended that you use steel since it’s much cheaper than the alternatives.