Daunting as it may originally appear, welding is a straightforward process. Beginner projects are generally made out of scrap pieces of metal and give the new welder a chance to try out different techniques and become confident in his welds.
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Bookends are relatively easy to make with whatever scrap metal you have lying around. The shape and size of the bookends is entirely optional, the only key component is that each one is made of two pieces that join together at a 90 degree angle. To build the basic structure, weld two pieces of flat iron together. Add more character to the piece by cutting an angle into or curving the edges of the vertical portion of each bookend. Your skill and the tools you have available will determine what alterations you make to the upright section. As an added touch, weld leftover nuts and rods to the surface of the bookends in abstract patterns.
To help build yourself a fully-functioning metal working shop, use scrap pieces of metal to construct an anvil stand. The main pieces you need are four heavy-duty pipes and some pieces of flat iron. For the legs, weld the piping to a sturdy flat plate at a slight angle. Since the structure is meant to hold the weight of an anvil or another heavy object, the legs need to be braced in order to support the weight. Cut scrap pieces of flat iron short enough so that they just fit between the legs and weld them in place. These four extra pieces of metal are called a box frame and give the legs the strength they need. The harness and other components can all be cobbled together with materials from around your garage.
An old piece of rebar, some flat iron plates and a few pieces of tubing are all that's needed to create a spinning target. For the base, weld two pieces of rebar together in a T-shape. A plate welded to the front of this structure gives the joint more strength and protects the weld once it becomes an actual target. The amount of metal plates you have determines the amount of spinners that will go on the target. To form each one, weld the plate to a piece of rebar. For more variety, use a different length of rebar for each target. To attach these to the main structure, weld the end of the rebar to a small section of tubing. Each of the targets is slipped onto the base and left unattached so that when the target is hit it swings back and forth.
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