Round Up of Welding Projects for Beginners
Beginner welding projects are a great way to start using your welder to build
practical items for your home, work shop, or as gifts to family and friends. A welding project should
provide a useful product for you or someone else while also letting you use your
welder in a practical situation. If you’re not experienced with running beads
out of position, on thick metal, or uphill/downhill, then a beginning welding
project will be a great way to practice your technique without getting in over
your head. Here are some of the best welding projects for beginners that we’ve
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Storage shelves are the ideal welding project for beginners. You just start
with square metal tubing, a grinder or saw, shelves, and a welder. You may also
need cleaning materials for the metal and paint if you want to finish the metal.
Begin this project by sketching plans to follow. You need to make sure the
shelves are sturdy enough, so you may need to add additional support such as
cross braces or a backing panel to keep the legs of the shelves from shifting.
Another option is to build a bracket that will attach it to the wall or to drill
holes in the legs of the shelves so you can attach them to the wall.
A shelf is made up of horizontal pieces that will support the shelves, four
legs, and shelves. The shelves themselves can be made of any materials you have
around, but keep in mind that metal shelves could be heavier than some wooden
options. You can also use square tubing for the legs and angle iron for the
shelves so that the metal holds the wooden shelves in place.
The amount of welding required for storage shelves is fairly minimal,
especially depending on the size of the metal you’re working with. You’ll just
run some short beads that can always be ground down if you build it up too high
with too much amperage.
Miller Electric has plans for an excellent little welding stool that will be
a great addition to any welding shop and an ideal project for beginners. Much
like the storage shelves, a shop stool is relatively simple to plan and requires
a little cutting, grinding, and welding.
Since it won’t be supporting too much weight, as compared to storage shelves
at least, a shop stool can be easily welded with a MIG welder. Just be sure to
prep and clean the metal if you’re working with shielding gas instead of flux
The materials you need are a frame, paint, seat, bolts, and matching nuts.
The frame needs to be around 16 total feet of one inch angle iron that has been
cut into (4) 22-inch pieces and (8) 12.5-inch pieces. The seat needs to be a 1/2
inch of plywood that is 13 x 13 inches. The four bolts need to be 1 inch and
have matching nuts.
If you want to build your own old fashioned charcoal grill, you just need
some angle iron, metal tubing, and a metal drum that you can clean out and use
for this welding project from Lincoln Electric. You’ll also need a saw that can
cut through the drum, a metal grate for the charcoal, and a good amount of black
paint in order to clean up the grill when you’re done.
You’ll need to do a lot more planning, measuring, cutting, and welding for
this project, but it’s still a very simple design that won’t have too many
challenging weld joints or excessive prep work. In addition, the final result
will be far more delicious once you can fire up your new grill!
While a desk welding project could also venture into the world of wood
working for a nice writing surface, the basic frame of a desk can be welded
together relatively easily. Just be sure that you don’t make it so large that
you can’t fit it through the doors at your home!
A desk is among the easiest welding projects since it doesn’t require long
weld beads and you can just use square metal tubing that is relatively easy to
work with. However, if you’re a little more ambitious, you can use large metal
legs and weld onto them the cross pieces. As with most welding projects, but
especially here, make sure you have plenty of clamps on hand to hold your work