If you take a look at my Furniture Inspiration Board on Pinterest, you'll see multiple projects involving metal. I'm pretty comfortable with just about any power tool when it comes to wood, but metal is just an area I haven't really delved into.
The only time I've worked with metal was to cut off bolts with a grinder or apply the aluminum trim around my Don Draper Desk.
I don't know why I've been a little scared to try. Maybe, its not only the risk of cutting off my fingers, but also smashing and burning them at the same time? As I type this I'm embarrassed how "girly" that makes me sound. So this is what I've been telling myself:
"Stop being a sissy. People work with metal everyday around the world. You should be able to also!"
Both the Industrial and Contemporary European styles that are hot right now utilize metal, so I decided it was time for me to learn to weld. Both the husband and I have been saying he needs to teach me for years now. We finally got around to practicing a bit.
I'm no where close to an expert on this subject. My husband is VERY knowledgeable about metal working. When not at school or work, he can almost always be found in "his half" of the garage, welding, grinding, or fabricating something for his Jeep (A.K.A. 'The Other Woman'). A couple years ago, when home building was slow, he had a good friend at a steel shop give him a job. Not only did it save our bacon to have the income, but Bryce also got a great hands-on education in metal working.
Welding is a MASSIVE field, and it would be entirely impossible to give you all the information about it in one post. I'll just touch on the basics and give you some info about welding from my VERY novice point of view and I'll refer to the experts.
First of all, watch this video. It talks about the 3 main types of welding (Stick/Arc, MIG, and TIG).
Before you start using any sort of metal working tools, make sure you are wearing the proper safety clothing. This is no joke! Not only are you dealing with extreme heat, sharp metal and power tools, but the light from the welder is dangerous. It can cause blindness and serious burns. PLEASE! Make sure to wear protective clothing, welding gloves, and a welding helmet!
This video is helpful. I HIGHLY recommend watching the whole series he has posted.
Here's my first attempt.
With a little more practice, I was able to get the "stack of dimes" to my weld that you want. I still have to work on my consistency with my bead width.
Bryce says "Pretty good for a beginner".
I'm happy with my first results, but I'll keep practicing. I've got quite a bit of welding planned ahead!