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Welding Project: Weld Your Own Lamp

During the winter months, the best welding project is something you can do
indoors and, best yet, use indoors as well. In fact, welding your own lamp is
the perfect indoor welding project for the winter since it also provides light.
If you’re looking for a more artistic project, as opposed to welding a work
table or bench, this is a great option since you’ll have to bend the metal for
the legs and the more ornate cross pieces for the lamp. Below are some welding
project instructions and some tips for setting up your work space for a project
like this.

The tools and materials listed at the original project
page
on Lincoln Electric Canada are as follows:

Welding Project Tools

  • Welding Table
  • Metal grinder, approximately 5″
  • Reciprocating saw or chop saw
  • Drill press
  • Bench bender
  • Round metal file
  • Angle finder and protractor
  • Speed square
  • Level
  • Ruler
  • 2 squares – one large standard square and one small carpenter’s square
  • 2 C-clamps – for clamping project pieces to the welding table and drill
    press
  • Pattern from Web site
  • Marker, crayon or chalk
  • MIG welder
  • MIG wire
  • Gas regulator and hose
  • Shielding gas with a 75% argon, 25% carbon dioxide mixture

Welding Project Required Materials

  • 2 pieces – 4′ lengths of 3/8″ steel rod
  • 2 pieces – 1″ by 1/8″ flat stock steel
  • 1 piece – 4′ length of 1/2″ steel rod

Make Sure You Have a Safe Welding Set Up

Starting with the basics, make sure you have a helmet that provides enough
visibility as well as some shade options and arc sensors to keep yourself from
getting flashed. An auto-darkening helmet is one of the most popular choices for
welders these days since you can just line up your torch and start welding
without having to flip a visor down. Other factors to consider in a helmet is
its weight and whether it effectively locks in the upright position when you’re
not welding. It can get quite annoying for a helmet to slowly slide down. Check
out welding
helmets
by Miller, Lincoln, and SpeedGlas for some great options.

Welding gloves are
another important safety consideration. This project was built with a MIG
welder
, so you’ll want gloves that offer enough protection from the heat and
spatter without necessarily picking up heavy stick welding gloves. The best
gloves will give you some flexibility without compromising safety. In addition,
choose gloves that go well with your welding jacket or shirt in order to provide
full protection. If you don’t have a heavy duty welding jacket, consider the
longer gauntlet gloves for greater protection of your wrists.

Your welding
clothing
should be cotton or a non-flammable material such as a leather
welding jacket or another flame-resistant material. There are lots of great
options here depending on where you live. While leather is great for a cold
climate, there are light weight jackets, aprons, sleeves, and bibs you can use
in a warmer climate. It all depends on which provides the best safety and range
of movement.

The best welding set up will provide a safe work surface where you can
effectively clamp down your work and use a reliable ground clamp to prevent
shocks. Your table should be level and secure and also as far away from water as
possible. This particular project will call for bending metal, so some added
stability on your table or work surface will be essential. You could consider
adding pins to the legs of your table and drilling holes in your concrete floor
for them to rest in. Don’t forget to also keep a fire extinguisher handy in your
shop before you strike your first arc.

Welding Project Instructions

Download the project instructions at Lincoln
Electric Canada
 and download
the plans
.

Learn more about home welding projects: What you need to
weld at home
.

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