Welding is a useful skill that makes a great career for skilled craftsmen. If you know how to weld and have some free time and creativity, you can also use your welding skills to make some extra money by selling your projects. With enough practice and word-of-mouth advertising, your moneymaking hobby could turn into a lucrative full-time job.
Metal furniture is sturdy and will last a long time if properly treated and maintained. Patio furniture, such as wrought iron tables, chairs, patio umbrella stands and benches are good options to make for sale. Craftsmen may commission workbenches and tables for their home workshops. Metalwork furniture is more desirable than wood because it is better able to withstand the wear and tear associated with woodworking and automobile restoration. You don't have to limit your furniture projects; you can take special requests and use your creativity to develop unique furniture pieces.
Welding is needed to create a wide variety of equipment used for work around the farm. Your welding skills will prove especially lucrative if you live in a rural area with a lot of local farms. If you live in an urban area, however, you can still market your crafts to rural farmers, but you will incur higher delivery and advertisement costs. Livestock trailers are always needed around a farm and many farmers prefer welded metal trailers to wood trailers because they last longer and can be better protected against harsh weather. Truck racks for transporting livestock are another possible welding project you could market in rural areas. Local farmers might commission you to create metal gates and corral pieces for keeping animals enclosed. Round, metal feeding corrals are also needed by farmers, especially on farms with several animals that require feeding slots to ensure equal distribution of food.
Your imagination and creativity can go a long way in creating unique sculptures. Use scrap metal to help reduce production costs. You can use various types of metals and incorporate different thicknesses into your sculptures. Metal sculptures can be painted, polished or you can combine other mediums, such as wood or stone.
One fun welding project is to create welded people using spare nuts, bolts and other pieces of scrap metal. You can bend and shape the metal to create animal sculptures for display in gardens. A skilled welder can create home decor items such as iron candle holders and picture frames. Sell your metal sculptures at local fairs and flea markets.