Are you interested in welding but don't know how or where to start? Then these seven welding projects are what you need.
The best way to become an expert welder is through welding, and you can do it by practicing with each project you make. A beginner-level project will give you the necessary experience to begin your welding journey.
This guide will help you weld a table, shop box, and even a barbecue grill. All you need is your welder, safety gear, and patience.
1. Budget Welding Table
Making a welding table is one of the best first-welding projects you can choose. A new welding table is always useful. The materials you need are cheap, and you don't need much experience to achieve a good result.
Having a welding table is imperative for many household welders, and making your own makes it more unique.
The first step is to bend the steel bar to create the frame. You can do this by applying heat to the exact place you will do the bending.
Once you have bent the bar to create the frame, it should be around two 24" sides and two 19" sides.
Make sure you've done the bending to have 90-degree angles on each side.
You can trim off the extra bar with a saw if you need to and then weld the steel together.
Now, you need to cut the remaining bar into filler sticks for the grill. Cut them all to the same length and make sure they fit into the frame.
Now, weld the sticks to the frame, use a grinder to make sure there are no sharp edges and give the grate a smoother surface.
Now you have a grill grate to use.
If you want to customize your grill grate, you can add your name or any word to it. You only need some steel-cut letters of the same thickness as your round bar. You can find them in any steel provider shop, or you can make them by yourself if you want to take on that challenge.
Once you have your grill grate, you can place the letters where you want them to be.
Cut the filler stick around those letters, or use some paint as a guide for cutting.
Now, place the letters on the grate and begin welding.
It will take some time, so be patient.
Now you have a customized grill grate that you can use as a gift for someone that loves BBQ.
For a more visual guide, you can check this video.
4. Outdoor Fireplace
If you have a yard, the chances are that it has grass and flowers. So, making a wood fire would be impossible, right? Well, an outdoor fireplace allows you to enjoy a cozy fire without worrying about the safety of your yard, family, and neighbors.
Remember that even if this is a beginner-level project, you should try to practice welding before starting this project, as it can be a long process.
Begin by cutting the 4ft x 4ft sheet metal in four (two 10" pieces and two 9 ⅛" pieces).
Take one of the 10" pieces and cut out two trapezoids from it. Both trapezoids should have the same measurements.
Do the same with the other 10" pieces.
Now you have four identical trapezoids.
Now do the same with the 9 ⅛" pieces.
The next step is to start cutting the expanded steel. Cut the expanded steel sheet in four (three pieces of 24" x 14" and one of 24" x 13").
Then, cut the angle iron into four 2ft pieces.
Now, cut the flat bars into eight 2ft pieces, two 20" sections, and two 15" sections. You'll also need two 3" pieces of flat bar.
Weld two square frames out of the 2ft sections of the flat bar. First, tack all the pieces together at 90-degree angles and then begin welding.
For the base, you'll need the square you just made and the 10" trapezoids.
Attach the trapezoids to the square frame. Once the trapezoids are attached, bend them together and apply more tacks. Make sure there are no gaps and each trapezoid blends in together.
When you finish the welding, proceed to smooth the outside with your flat disk grinder.
For the roof, follow the same procedure with the remaining flat bar pieces and trapezoids.
Weld the roof together and attach the remaining 8" metal sheet pieces.
Grind the top and make sure there are no sharp edges.
For the chimney, you'll need the remaining trapezoids and the four ¼" square.
Weld the pieces together, and grind the edges to avoid sharp corners.
Now it's time to tack the angle iron into the roof to create the legs. Make sure each piece is placed correctly.
Weld the legs to the roof and the base.
It's time to add the walls and the door of the fireplace. Do this by welding the expanded metal sheet to the edges of the legs.
Grind it all to make sure that there are no sharp borders or edges.
If you want a more visual guide, then you can check this video.
5. Coat Rack
A coat rack is a fantastic first project for many beginners. If you have many visitors or family members, then a coat rack is useful. A coat rack is also easy to make and is one of the fastest beginner-level welding projects you can choose.
Here's all you'll need to weld your first coat rack:
Begin by measuring and cutting the steel to the exact measurements. For the coat rack's legs, line each cut leg up with the steel to ensure they're all the same length.
Begin welding the frame of the coat rack together.
Cut the ends of the railroad spikes. Do it at the angle you'd like them on the coat rack using the grinder.
It is time to weld the railroad spikes to the rack's frame.
Use your jigsaw to cut the wood for the top of the rack.
Use some screws for the wood top.
Apply the boiled linseed oil finish to the wood top and the metal frame.
You can watch this video for a more visual guide.
6. Garden Trellis
If you enjoy gardening as well as welding, then this project is for you. A trellis is a perfect addition to your garden, and it will allow you to do much more with it.
Here's everything you'll need to weld your garden trellis:
1/2" x 3/8" square bar
1" x 1/8" flat steel
Safety gear and equipment (gloves, uniform, eyewear protection)
Steps to follow:
Decide your project's measurements (it will depend on your garden's space, although it should be at least 6ft tall).
Now, cut the steel to the sizes you need.
Once you have every piece of steel necessary, you can proceed to weld them together.
Remember to be careful when you are welding.
You can place the trellis on a wall or weld it to some ground posts.
Now, you can enjoy your new garden's trellis.
For a more visual guide, you can watch this video.
7. Car Creeper
If you have a car, you know that having a car creeper can make your life a lot easier. It allows you to get under the vehicle for any maintenance. Luckily, you can make yours following a couple of simple steps.