Thanks!Damn that is a nice shop. Love that you're willing to show what you're learning and not just posting completed pics.
What software is that in your earlier post? Bendtech? If so how do you like it compared to Solid Works/Fusion 360?
I have not stick welded anything in 20+years. I have seen that done by a real welder... and it looked better than most spool gun beads!I've been doing some experiments in aluminum welding recently too. The outcome, your poor welds look better than my good welds. Ha-ha
I recently did some aluminum "stick welding". Have you tried that yet?
In any case, I have determined I can weld 1/8" with reasonable success for structure, not so much for cosmetic. But I currently need to weld a fair amount of .065" and I have decided to hire out. If you were closer, I'd be knocking on your door. I found a aviation welder that is great, but he is particularly busy right now. So I'm working around it right now.
Anyways, love watching your work. Thankyou for sharing.
Thanks, but I don't consider myself proficient yet. Honestly, until I got on Instagram, I thought I was good at a lot of things...Killer work. Thank you for sharing the tech on the tig; I hope to get to being proficient with it like you some day.
That can be an issue, lol. But frankly, at 1/8th, it welds so much better when it's good and hot; 063, not so much.The one thing I always hated about working with/welding on aluminum was the simple fact of not being able to tell if it was hot. Get stainless hot, you can tell, get mild steel hot, you can tell. Get alum hot, and I'll slap my hand on it every time.
Your welds are looking fantactic.
Are you buying acetone by the 55gal drum yet:flipoff2:
Why not a SureShot?That can be an issue, lol. But frankly, at 1/8th, it welds so much better when it's good and hot; 063, not so much.
Not by the drum yet, but I did finally just get a couple vented, labeled, chemist squirt bottles...I don't use nearly as much as I did by just splashing it on a rag from a gallon can.
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Says not for use with paint products. And a non-vented bottle will leak due to atmosphere, these bottles have an anti-siphoning device built in. Bought two of these qt. bottles for $40 shipped from usplastic.com. part #71456Why not a SureShot?
https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200413774_200413774?cm_mmc=Google-pla&utm_source=Google_PLA&utm_medium=Lawn + Garden > Sprayers > Handheld Sprayers&utm_campaign=Vaper&utm_content=154279&gclid=CjwKCAjwycfkBRAFEiwAnLX5IcFPTaaLGsUGn-SoqFuCclB789lPcsJqacgSqTKigSbIT8OpVAnDphoC7yMQAvD_BwE
Absolutely I do. All of the above, and sometimes red scotchbrite the filler if it has been lying uncovered on the bench while grinding. I even acetone the brushes frequently.Do you have a designated stainless wire brush and tig gloves for welding aluminum, and do you wipe everything down with acetone (including the filler) before you start welding? I have found that I end up with the same black speckles in my aluminum welds from garbage being on my tig gloves, or not wiping everything down good