gwjwbw wrote:Man, your weld job look so nice, then again, it my first time welding and didnt have time to pratice, wish I have
what kind of paint did you use?
I'm not a welder, either, but I have had a bit of practice. Here is the base before paint:
As you can see, all the welds are on the INSIDE of the base and I didn't weld the outside corners. I didn't go crazy with the weld, either - in this case more is NOT better. I noticed right away how the sheet metal panels were sucking in the angle iron frame like an overtightened drum head, and backed off the amount and length of welds.
Then, I used high temp RTV to seal all the joints after painting it with Rustoleum BBQ black (quart can) and a 3" wide short nap trim roller. It worked out fabulously.
Oh - when it comes to welding, the grinder is your friend!
I also find I'm a far better stick welder than MIG welder. I had to weld up a big set of steel supports at work - 3x6x3/16" rect. tube, 3x3x3/16" sq.tube, 1/2" plate, etc. I was making a decent job of it with a Miller Shopmaster 300A mig, but when I had to weld some 1/4" angle iron brackets on, I brought in my rods in set the welder up for stick. Them thar welds were purty! But then I turned around and had to weld a 14 ga. sheet metal box together for another project and THEN the MIG was my friend. Turned it way down and cooked right along.
Here's my welder ($110 Craigslist score) before I made a little cart for it. I learned stick on an old Marquette AC buzz box, and lemme tell you, once you've run DC stick, you won't bother with AC again. 1/8" 7014 rod is pushing max amps on DC, so I need to watch my duty cycle, and I'd have to run AC for rods larger than 1/8", but DC covers 99.9% of what I need to do. I even welded a 1/4-20 nut standing on edge to the outside of 1/2" EMT conduit using 3/32" 6011 rod.