Beginner welding projects are a great way to start using your welder to build practical items for your home, work shop, or as gifts to family and friends. A welding project should provide a useful product for you or someone else while also letting you use your welder in a practical situation. If you’re not experienced with running beads out of position, on thick metal, or uphill/downhill, then a beginning welding project will be a great way to practice your technique without getting in over your head. Here are some of the best welding projects for beginners that we’ve featured:
Image Source: Miller Electric Idea Gallery
Storage shelves are the ideal welding project for beginners. You just start with square metal tubing, a grinder or saw, shelves, and a welder. You may also need cleaning materials for the metal and paint if you want to finish the metal.
Begin this project by sketching plans to follow. You need to make sure the shelves are sturdy enough, so you may need to add additional support such as cross braces or a backing panel to keep the legs of the shelves from shifting. Another option is to build a bracket that will attach it to the wall or to drill holes in the legs of the shelves so you can attach them to the wall.
A shelf is made up of horizontal pieces that will support the shelves, four legs, and shelves. The shelves themselves can be made of any materials you have around, but keep in mind that metal shelves could be heavier than some wooden options. You can also use square tubing for the legs and angle iron for the shelves so that the metal holds the wooden shelves in place.
The amount of welding required for storage shelves is fairly minimal, especially depending on the size of the metal you’re working with. You’ll just run some short beads that can always be ground down if you build it up too high with too much amperage.
Miller Electric has plans for an excellent little welding stool that will be a great addition to any welding shop and an ideal project for beginners. Much like the storage shelves, a shop stool is relatively simple to plan and requires a little cutting, grinding, and welding.
Since it won’t be supporting too much weight, as compared to storage shelves at least, a shop stool can be easily welded with a MIG welder. Just be sure to prep and clean the metal if you’re working with shielding gas instead of flux core wire.
The materials you need are a frame, paint, seat, bolts, and matching nuts. The frame needs to be around 16 total feet of one inch angle iron that has been cut into (4) 22-inch pieces and (8) 12.5-inch pieces. The seat needs to be a 1/2 inch of plywood that is 13 x 13 inches. The four bolts need to be 1 inch and have matching nuts.
If you want to build your own old fashioned charcoal grill, you just need some angle iron, metal tubing, and a metal drum that you can clean out and use for this welding project from Lincoln Electric. You’ll also need a saw that can cut through the drum, a metal grate for the charcoal, and a good amount of black paint in order to clean up the grill when you’re done.
You’ll need to do a lot more planning, measuring, cutting, and welding for this project, but it’s still a very simple design that won’t have too many challenging weld joints or excessive prep work. In addition, the final result will be far more delicious once you can fire up your new grill!
While a desk welding project could also venture into the world of wood working for a nice writing surface, the basic frame of a desk can be welded together relatively easily. Just be sure that you don’t make it so large that you can’t fit it through the doors at your home!
A desk is among the easiest welding projects since it doesn’t require long weld beads and you can just use square metal tubing that is relatively easy to work with. However, if you’re a little more ambitious, you can use large metal legs and weld onto them the cross pieces. As with most welding projects, but especially here, make sure you have plenty of clamps on hand to hold your work pieces together.