Materials for Your Welding Project
We’re going to get down to making something cool with these new welding skills you’ve learned. First, you want to line up your materials. When choosing your steel, don’t go thinner than 3/16-inch or you’ll run into trouble. For this project you’ll need some 2-inch wide steel, 3/4-inch steel, and some 1-inch L-bracket steel.
Arranging Your Pattern
Cut several 2-inch squares and connect them with some 3/4-inch framing. We’re not going by a pattern here – this is art! Just arrange them in a way that looks good to you.
Start By Tack Welding
You’re going to have a bunch of loose pieces here that want to slide around. We’re going to use some tack welding to start holding things together, but you need a place to start, so tack weld your first piece to the table itself. Then put in full welds along the length of the join.
Adding Beauty with Grinding
Once we’ve welded the pieces together, it looks pretty nasty. Now comes the grinding to make it beautiful.
Making the Hanging Bracket
This is where that 1-inch L-bracket comes in. Cut two tiny pieces, and one slightly bigger piece off that L-bracket. Drill a hole in the slightly bigger one. Then we’re going to attach them, and that drilled hole will become a place for a mounting nail.
The Final Grind
One last polish, and your piece of metal art is finished and ready to hang!