Welding is more than the industrial applications we associate with it and can be a lot of fun. Not only can it keep you busy at home for DIY projects, but it can provide you with a means of increasing your income, especially if you sell your projects.
Whether you’re a professional in the trade or hobby welder, home projects can certainly increase your knowledge and technical skills – which are vital for a clean, strong and long-lasting weld.
In this blog, we’ll share five welding projects that you can complete at home:
The colder evenings are setting in, and what better way to extend nights with friends than heating up around a firepit. This is an interesting and useful project suitable for beginners — requiring little technical skill, working knowledge of MIG, TIG, and ARC welding basics and excellent attention to detail.
To create a firepit you will need steel sheets, rods and a plasma cutter. You should expect the project to take approximately two-three days to complete.
This project can double up as a BBQ pit for your back garden or patio area in the summer months. Not only can you save money by making your own BBQ pit, but you can impress family and friends with your welding skills and even start a business selling them.
Weld your own steel firepit following instructions from the YouTube video below:
Wine Bottle Holder
Why buy a wine bottle holder when you can make one yourself! This project is a great place to get started for beginner welders and is cheap to make. It makes an excellent gift for family and friends and gives you the opportunity to practice your welding skills at the same time.
To make your wine bottle holder, you will need a simple, thick steel chain and an empty wine bottle. You should make sure that your chain is not galvanised before you start welding.
Begin by draping and organising your steel chain into a shape that wraps around your wine bottle. You should then weld the links of your chain together, starting with the base of the structure to offer more support while welding. Next, hang the stem of the holder and weld the links to remain upright.
To ensure the structure holds the wine bottle’s neck, you should lay the piece on its side while welding — to guarantee the hole is big enough for your bottle to fit. Now you can weld the links together.
When you weld the links together, you will notice marks on the chain but do not worry, as you can paint over these later to give it that premium finish. This is a simple welding project and should take you less than an hour to complete.
Take a look at the YouTube video below to see the step by step instructions on making a wine bottle holder:
Making your own storage rack is a great idea for additional storage in those awkward alcoves or spaces in your home. It will improve your technical MIG welding skills and allow you to be as creative as you like.
We recommend creating a metal frame to start with then adding steel components until you are satisfied with the final product. Putting your idea on paper or doing a couple of test runs is the best way to approach this project to ensure you are happy with the overall composition.
An alternative but similar project to a storage rack is shelving or outdoor tables. Any excess of steel bits and bobs, tools, washers, nails, or chains will make a really interesting and unique table when welded together.
See the video below to see how to make a storage rack:
This welding project is for those who enjoy a bit more of a challenge and may want to make something to add value or intrigue to their home. Not only can entry gates show off your welding skills, but they can also add value to your property!
This project requires MIG welding tools to connect wrought iron or aluminium bars. See the video below to see how to weld simple entry gates:
A coat rack is a great idea to add extra room for jackets and coats in your home. All you’ll need to create your own coat rack is welding supplies and steel components.
An MIG welder will give your coat rack a professional finish, smoothing out any rough or jagged edges, which is important to avoid snagging your clothes and coats.
Check out the YouTube video below to see how to weld your very own coat rack:
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