Bought a welder, let the projects begin

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by DIY_guy, Jun 30, 2014.

  1. DIY_guy

    DIY_guy New Member

    214
    0
    0
    Not every project needs to be a sewing project. Some projects have a little more testosterone. I have several projects requiring welding so when welders went on sale at Farm and Fleet I was all over it. I got a tank of 75/25 gas as well. There is a local steel place that sells every shape and size imaginable and at reasonable prices.

    I bought up some 1/8 inch sheet stock to make a suitable welding surface framed with 1 ½ x 1 ½ x 1/8 angle and converted an old gas grill cart/frame into a welding table. I bought some 24 foot sticks of 1 x 1 16 ga square tube and a bunch of angle and rod.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    The first project was making more trail cam boxes. So that’s what I did. I made a few last year by borrowing a friends welder. Those cams and boxes are up north on bear baits right now.

    [​IMG]

    The next project is climbing sticks. I bought a set last year and found them perfect for one of my leases and since I like making stuff and wanted more of them, I copied the ones I bought. Each section is 4 feet in length.

    The steps will have drain holes at the weld joint to let ran water out since the tube ends are not sealed. The sticks I bought last year did not have this feature.

    [​IMG]

    Since the tubes insert inside one another as you climb I had to make a tool to crush the tube ends in my vise.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    The brace from the sticks to the tree is ½ rod and ¼ rod.

    [​IMG]

    After welding the sticks are cleaned up to remove all the hot rolled mill scale prior to painting.

    [​IMG]

    The sticks will be attached to the tree with webbing a cam buckles. I found a low cost source online as well as 50 feet of webbing.

    [​IMG]

    Ok so I guess every project ends up as a sewing project. I get a lot of use out of this machine for hunting gear.

    [​IMG]

    One down, lots more to go. 5 Sticks will get me up 20 feet.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  2. fa35jsf

    fa35jsf New Member

    1,180
    0
    0
    Oh my!!!! You have a welder now! That's all a guy like you needs :cool:

    No really, a welder is the ultimate DIY tool. I wish I had one. Keep us posted on ALL your projects!
     

  3. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

    29,520
    497
    83
    Your projects are awesome. Looks like you're having a lot of fun. I like your threads.
     
  4. ctshooter

    ctshooter New Member

    1,159
    2
    0
    Now you need to invest in a cnc plasma cutter!!!
     
  5. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

    5,216
    168
    63
    I just traded my welder for a ceiling..................
     
  6. masterPsmith

    masterPsmith New Member

    1,346
    2
    0
    CNC Plasma Cutters are great. I use mine for metal targets, wall and yard art, signs of all types and shop production. With all my machine equipment, welding and fab equipment, there's not much I can't do out of my shop.


    Jim...........
     
  7. masterPsmith

    masterPsmith New Member

    1,346
    2
    0
    DYI-guy, once you get started with your welder, your projects will be never ending.


    Jim.......
     
  8. 7point62

    7point62 Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

    2,188
    0
    0
    ...and you'll make lots of new friends who want you to weld stuff for them...;)
     
  9. Highpower

    Highpower New Member

    1,546
    0
    0
    .... and want you to do it for FREE of course. :rolleyes: