Category:Welding Area

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Zone Information
Zone Name Welding Area
Status Active
Zone Slogan It's like hot glue, but hotter.
Zone Coordinator(s) Jody Raiford
Zone Slack #welding
Zone E-mail

Zone Color Purple
Paypal Button Pay money to Welding Area

Safety First

Welding is a great way to join and form metal. Welding use comes at some risk. Let's be careful out there.

  • Eye protection. You must protect your eyes from the bright welding light. If you are TIG, MIG or Arc welding you should be wearing a welding helmet. If you are using oxygen/acetylene welding then you should be wearing a pair of gas welding goggles or the dark face shield.
  • Consider the eye protection of others around you. Will they get flashed by your welding arc? Use the welding safety screens to protect others in the shop.
  • Proper clothing. Shorts and T-shirt won't do. Arc welding gives off extremely bright UV light, and you will become badly sunburned in no time. Best is long sleeve cotton clothing and long cotton pants (tight knit lightweight wool is actually the "best", but hard to find). Polyester clothing will melt easily and should never be worn by anyone welding.
  • Proper footwear. Leather closed toe shoes should be worn. It doesn't take long for a small hot bead of metal to burn right through the top of your canvas tennis shoes. Also consider wearing boots instead of low cut shoes. Think what will happen if a drop of molten metal gets inside your shoe. Ouch.
  • Wear welding gloves to protect your hands. Mechanics' gloves tend to have plastic or rubber which will melt while welding.
  • Don't forget that it takes time for hot welded metal to cool. Use pliers to lift work off of the table. Don't leave hot work where an innocent bystander could become burned. If you aren't sure about the temperature of a piece, assume it's hot until proven otherwise.
  • Ventilation. Don't breath the fumes, some/most metals and filler material contains toxic fumes.
  • Quick.. where is the nearest fire extinguisher?

Shut Down

  • "Gas First" : Close all gas bottles
  • "Cables off the floor" : Coil all cables/cords (no sharp kinks) and hang them so they are off the floor
  • Put tools away
  • Put material away: Usable Scrap under table or in bins, project material in personal storage (mark it or lose it!)
  • Turn off disconnects on east wall "BusBar #1 MIG Welders, BusBar #2 TIG Welders)
  • Clear table, Grind spatter, sweep. (Leave it better than you found it)
  • Turn off over head lights (Orange switch on east wall)


  • Q: How do I use the zone?
    • A: If you know how to weld, go for it. Try not to break anything or hurt anybody, and clean up when you are done.
  • Q: How much should I pay to use the welding zone?
    • A: While there aren't usage costs per se, $2 per hour that you are using the zone helps to cover the cost of gas, wire, wheels, electrodes, etc.
  • Q: How much should I pay for consumables?
    • A: Each consumable has its own cost, including gloves, dust masks, lens covers, etc. They are generally marked on the package as a guide to those who wish to help contribute to the zone. If there is no price on it, it's part of the $2/hr general usage contribution.
  • Q: I'm really broke right now. Can I use the zone without paying?
    • A: Totally. Money helps keep things rolling, but your enthusiasm, effort, and attitude are far more important! As long as you are continuing to help make the zone, and the world, a better place, nobody is going to stress too much about your $2.
  • Q: If I pay, does that mean I don't need to clean up?
    • A: Your money is not important. Helpful, but not important. Your engagement, enthusiasm, and effort 'is' important! That means, no matter how much you are contributing financially, leaving the zone better than you found it, especially picking up after yourself, is the real payment.

Table of Equipment

Equipment Authorization Owner(s) Status
Bench-Mounted Manual Metal Shear No i3Detroit Running
Hobart Tigwave 250 AC/DC No i3Detroit Running
MIG Welder - Miller Millermatic 212 No i3Detroit Running
Oxy-Acetylene Torch No i3Detroit Running
Handheld Plasma Cutter No i3Detroit Running
Rolling Toolbox No Jody Raiford Running
Stick Welder 2 No Ted Hansen Running
Weld Zone Light Button No i3Detroit Running
Welding Table No i3Detroit Running
New TIG No i3Detroit Down
CNC Plasma Cutter Yes i3Detroit Down



Learn to MIG

Learn to TIG


Wishlist and Tasks

  • Recurring tasks
    • Sort scrap storage (GET RID OF UNUSABLE SCRAP)
    • Label TIG (The old labels are worn off. Consult manual and relabel, ideally with nice label maker, otherwise green tape and sharpie)

  • Current needed tasks
  • Miter saw:
    • Attach ammeter and appropriate notices
    • Poster about correct clamping
    • Vacuum (auto on, runs for a few weekends after saw stops, attached to table or saw?, tub/channel needed?)
    • Adjustable table with long stock support
  • Bottle cage
  • Angle Grinder storage rack
  • Helmet lockers (Horseshoe locker/coatrack?)
  • CNC plasma table (slack #cnc_build_or_buy)
  • Layout table
  • Air filter/fume extractor
  • Update zone picture
  • Protect downloads from bit rot
  • Welding booths (with fume extraction)
  • Post anvil from large stock
  • Bench shear
    • Mount on a pedestal
    • Fabricate a hold-down
  • Vise
    • Mount on pedestal
    • Clean and lube
  • more items on [wishlist]

  • Completed tasks
    • TIG chiller turn on with machine.