Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Workshop..on a budget.

Well here it is, the end of phase 1 of getting this whole Steel Stew thing off the ground. This is the corner of our garage where I'll be attempting to set up shop, for now anyways. The problem is that we don't have a cellar so all "basement crap" gets put in our garage. Luckily my wife has been good about the whole thing! I don't have all the tooling yet, I hope to just be able to sit and regain my "TIG touch" for the next month or so....
Luckily I have a brother who's an electrician so he came up last weekend and thru in some outlets and breakers. I gotta patch this hole though... Looks bad for business.

OK, remember I'm new to all of this fancy computer stuff so the pic is sideways (it took me forever to just figure out how to download pics...) Here's my Theremal Dynamics welder in front of the 220 outlet my brother put in. Just waiting to be used. Thanks Wade on the great deal !!!!!

Again a sideways pic of the argon tank. Another "find" from Wade.... Tonight I have to chain it down so the little hands around the house don't knock it over...Yikes!
Well as I said, just cleaning and organizing the area right now, I hope to be welding in the next couple of days. I even bought a new stool !!!! My ass has never been happier...
The next couple of months will allow me to obtain some other much needed things like a heavier vise, files, blocks and all the jig stuff. I have an old jig sittng here but it needs some modifications. More on that in another post.
Time to get back to just welding practice, practice, and more practice...
By the way, I'll get the hang of this posting stuff, be patient.


Dave said...

Cool developments! Glad to see this stuff is coming together for you. I can definitely relate to the "little hands" comment.

Did you have a lot of welding experience prior to this undertaking? Sounds like you did and are just out of practice?

Just curious so I can use it as a frame of reference... no pun intended!


Todd H. said...

Well I do have some stick under my belt and spent a significant amount of time at UBI doing tig for the two weeks. But really, I'm strictly a low end amateur at this point. Once you know he basics though welding seems to really be practice, practice practice