Aug 27, 2008

Texas Longhorns Portable BBQ Pit

Here's a completed project a friend of mine finished. It's a reciever hitch mounted BBQ Pit. Made of all Stainless Steel and features a Texas Longhorn formed from flat sheet metal. It was placed at top of stack. Also it has Texas shapes cutout on the side for baffling. It sits on a hitch mount that swings away for access to you rear door or tailgate. I've included pics below. This project was built using the tig welding process, along with alot of polishing of the stainless. Detailed plans are available please contact me at texramsey@gmail.com

Aug 23, 2008

Need a New Career? How to Become a Welder

Anyone looking for a blue-collar career using their hands might be interested in learning more about welding. Many apprenticeship programs will accept candidates who have completed tenth grade or higher at the high school level, although a high school diploma or GED is preferred. The most important physical skill is manual dexterity, physical health, and ability, along with analytical skills and technological savvy needed for operating a computer. So if this description doesn't fit you, it might be better to consider another occupation.

Key welding skills expected of those who complete advanced skills training include the ability to weld a variety of alloys in many kinds of positions. Additional skills include those who can weld ferrous and non-ferrous materials on pipe and on plate. Many programs build within a three-tier system of training that begins with basics and moves on to specialized welding capabilities for a variety of worksite situations. Ongoing training may be expected, depending on the employer's need and job market conditions.

Those who want to become welders often begin by enrolling in an educational program. These programs featuring welding certificates are offered at many community colleges or regional campuses of state or private universities. The academic program provides preparation for welding by explaining theories and applications before putting equipment in the hands of beginners. To apply, you may need to provide your high school transcripts, a driver's license for identification, and possibly a birth certificate. Each institution's requirements may differ, so find out in advance what type of documentation you will need to bring with you to enroll. Upon completion of the program, you will receive a diploma or other type of skills certification document. Hold on to this, as you may need to show it to your employer later. Many companies frame and mount their employees' certifications and subsequent awards.

After successfully completing a program of instruction, you will be able to look for a company that sponsors an apprenticeship program. If you get hired, you can work with professional welders to learn how to actually perform welding jobs, working with many kinds of projects, materials, and positions. You may need to work a certain amount of time, like so many months, in order to complete your training and become a certified welder (CW). When you earn your credentials, you may choose to stay with your present company or search for employment with other firms.

As your skills increase, so will your pay and the opportunity for full-time employment. Some companies will pay for welders to participate in training seminars or workshops in town or out of state. These can take anywhere from part of a day to a week or longer, and the company usually pays all the expenses for an employee to attend, including registration, motel, and travel costs. As you earn more certifications, you will become even more employable, which can lead to increased pay and benefits in the future.

If you are looking for an exciting career with potential to grow, consider welding for your long-term job choice.
Check out these books and videos to get you going !!!

Aug 15, 2008

Formula for Rolling Sheet Metal Rings

Today, I had to fabricate some .188 thickness stainless steel parts. Two of the items had to be rolled into rings. I would like to explain how to determine the proper length of material to be used when rolling metal into rings. You start with the overall diameter of the ring. For example lets use 24" outside diameter. Material is .188 thickness.
Take .188 x .6 (60% of the metal thickness)= .1128. Take .1128 x 2 = .2256. Then the diameter 24" - .2256 = 23.774 flat length to make a 24" O.D. Ring. Hope this is a help for any projects you may have that require a ring to be rolled.

Aug 8, 2008

Beginners How to Arc / Stick Weld

Learning how to weld is not as hard as you might think.
All you have to do is simply follow a few basic steps, to get that welding down pat. It's like baking a cake or building a house. You need to follow a set way of doing things.
There are a few basic and easy to learn steps that you need to take into consideration before you even attempt how to stick weld or arc weld.
A lot of the time, people simply just rush in "guns blazing" and when they have a go at it half a dozen times and they can't do it, they give up. Listen, like I've said, stick welding might seem a bit daunting at first. But once you learn these basic steps on how to arc / stick weld the whole process will become a lot clearer to you.
How do I know? I've been there and done that. I know how hard it can be to learn how to stick weld for a person who has never welded before in their life. Often the first timer will make a few silly mistakes that can spoil their first time stick or arc welding experience.
Things like:
• How to strike an arc and keep it going. This is a big issue for anyone who is learning how to stick weld. How do I do it? Why does it keep sticking to the job?
• What size welding electrode should I use?
• What type of welding electrode should I use?
• What about welding safety. What should I be aware of when welding? What will hurt me and put me at risk of injury? If you are new to welding, you might not be aware of what to look out for.
• Which way do I move the electrode?
• What power setting should I set my machine at?
All these and many more questions are what the DIY'er or learner welder need to find out.You need to.
1. Learn how to stick weld and arc weld the right way the first time.
2. By following a set of easy to understand step by step instructions.
Which means...
3. By having a successful first time arc welding experience, you will never have a negative experience, therefore your ability to learn will not be ruined by a bad first time experience. Check out these books and videos to get you going !!!

Aug 3, 2008

How to: CNC Machine Tool Cart Build

Last year a friend of mine contacted me to build 2 Tool Carts for his precision machine shop. The carts were to hold the CAT 40 tooling for his 4 HAAS CNC Vertical Milling machines. I found through research that a company named HUOT made a cart for this same application. I fashioned my design very similar to theirs, but my final product is less expensive. I started with 16 ga crs material for the carts. I also found heavy 5" iron/rubber casters with 330lbs rating per caster from Harbor Freight. The handle I made from .125 thk 5052-H32 Aluminum. These carts are very stout and will handle all the tools he needs for the machines. The carts are made from 7 different sheet metal components, top, middle, bottom, sides, end trays, and tray brackets. I assembled them using 1/4-20 thread cadium plated bolts with locking nuts. It took a weekend to get them built and assembled, and another day for paint. I had to install plastic bushings in the tool holes to keep the cart from scratching the tools when holding them. Check out the pics of the carts ( my son helped me out ). Thanks for comming to my blog. See ya.

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