Today at the Appleton Makerspace, I took my first steps learning to weld.
I prepared by watching several Youtube videos on safety and technique. I also got an impromptu demonstration from Jake Kasper at the Appleton Makerspace.
In the above photo, the bottom-right weld was the very first attempt. Lots of splatter and completely missed the seam as I discover what it is like to work behind the welding mask and wield multiple thousands of degrees of heat. The top-left weld I managed to slow down and allow the bead and heat to catch up. Too slow however as the puddle turned into more of a loaf. The very top weld in the photo was the 3rd attempt and I think the best one. Still need lots of practice, but it will be fun practice.
I scavenged an old steel bed frame I had been saving and now I have lots of practice material. (Much cheaper than $5 for a 3ft section at the store.)
Even saved the cut-off wheels for some future project.
Essential tools and skills I managed to sample:
Much in the way I can point to my mom and dad's interest in computing affecting my own fascination with computing, I can also point to both of my grandfathers for my (latent) interest in metal work and fabrication. I think the next thing I'll learn about (and point to) is sewing -- much of my family is "fiber able". I'd like to be able to put together a t-shirt that I can then screen print.