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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old February 25th, 2004, 00:16 Thread Starter
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Build your own welding machine

Courtesy of user Jeremy from board.mr2faq.com

Damn smart people.

http://www.turbomustangs.com/forums/...&threadid=8872

Some of you handy people should make one of these so I can see how it's done. I want to learn to weld.
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old February 26th, 2004, 18:37 Thread Starter
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Originally posted by donalson

here is the new thread he put up on it... very nice work
http://www.turbomustangs.com/forums/...?threadid=9099

looks like something i'll be reserching... time to start looking for a lawn mower engine or 2... i've seen a place online that sold brackets to hold a lawn mower engine and an alternator but that was to be used as a generator... same kinda thing though...

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Whats even better is that its a TIG welder! those are pricey as hell!
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Did anyone save the pictures? This would be a kick but way to get into welding.

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I contacted the guy who originally did this and he said to go ahead a post the pictures up, so here they are:

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Good luck to all those who try.

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thats pretty cool. imma have to try that. prolly make it alot easier when building lowrider bikes
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Here is another page describing how some guy built his own MIG/MAG welder and mentions a TIG welder project he might undertake. I don't understand the diagrams well but it looks like it could be usefull for the DIY-type.

http://home8.inet.tele.dk/jan_p/welder/mig1.htm

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I contacted the guy who originally did this and he said to go ahead a post the pictures up, so here they are:

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Good luck to all those who try.

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the welds look ok but I doubt it could weld any more than thin tube or sheet
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Original links do not work anymore.
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I am glad this is a sticky because all I can say is HOLY HELL!!! Damn I wish I had the knowledge to just build that.
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DIY TIG
Detailed instructions. $300 worth of parts

http://myweb.cableone.net/rschell/TIG.htm

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for steel. search craigslist for a lincoln "tombstone" stick welder, 200amps 220v. they're usually around 100 bucks, and VERY common. buy that.

buy a tig torch and regulator online.. another ~100. connect a bottle and tig weld steel all day long.
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really? I have one of those stick welders.
and I have bottles coming out of my shorts...

will that do thin aluminum?

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it needs to be dc to weld aluminum. but a steel tig would be nice too

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its A/c to weld alum.
they sell kits to convert arc welder to Tig
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not only ac, but high frequency ac! you can hunt ebay for old miller high frequency boxes.. and i think you can get lift start boxes.. and then you really need a foot control, ends up being a fairly physically large setup.

ive heard 200amps will do about 1/4 inch alu without fuss. alu sucks heat like mad.
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coool?!?!
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good find.
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DIY TIG
Detailed instructions. $300 worth of parts

http://myweb.cableone.net/rschell/TIG.htm
Just saw this thread for the first time. Note that the parts list shown at this link is missing more than a few items. Mainly, the TIG torch, work clamp, power cable, plug, regulator, and material to make the frame. Add that to the $307 listed, and you have enough to buy two Harbor Freight TIGs or one used Miller.

I'm all for making your own tools, but this one doesn't really make sense, except as an academic exercise.
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