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I’d like to thank you personally for being a subscriber to my videos and to this “vlog”. You guys are the best.

I thought I’d just make quick announcement that’s going to be very exciting for a lot of you…

I get questions all the time like, “What sort of welding machine should I buy?” or “Where can I get a bargain on gear?”

I can answer the first question sometimes based on the user’s needs, but I don’t usually have a great answer for the second question… Gear can be expensive.

Well, I’m pretty sure I’ve finally got a solution for people looking for a great deal on gear.

My team and I have created a new marketplace for new and used tools. This will be a place where anyone can post their tools for sale, buy tools at great prices, all with totally secure transactions.

It’s like eBay for fabricators. A welder’s dream site for getting gear.

And here’s the kicker – the fees for selling on this website are way lower than what you’d pay to sell on other marketplaces like eBay. In fact, we charge less than half.

We just need listings! If you’ve got a tool or two that you’d like to sell, and you’ve got a few minutes, head over to and create a listing today. It will be well worth your effort.

Thanks again and Go Knock It Out.

– Jody

Welding lathe made from old bike

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Several years ago…sometime around 1993, I bought my first tig welder.

Around 1996, I got an order for 200 round parts.

The job paid pretty well but I didnt want to spend all my earnings on a turntable without knowing if I would use it often enough to pay for it.

So I made a DIY welding lathe from an old bicycle.
my welding lathe rig was powered by a variable speed drill motor and a 1/4″ piece of round chucked in the drill chuck.
In 12th gear, the part turned just about the right speed for me to bang out 200 parts in no time.

The parts were 2 inch dia and were stainless steel so needed to be purged on the inside.
so I made the tailstock with a piece of tubing so I could attach a purge line.

Turning a part that is 2 inches at 1 rpm provides a travel speed of around 6 inches per minute which is pretty close for a lot of tig jobs…but I could adjust speed using a hose clamp on the drill motor trigger.

Now that I have a better setup, I dont use the diy welding lathe made from a bike any at all.
I had to dig it out of storage and oil it up just so it would turn for this video.

It served its purpose well but the newer one has more features, is more accurate and adjustable.

AHP Tig Welder using a welding Turntable

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This is some serious gravy work.
I have a lot of rounds parts to weld for a customer.

Any time I get round parts to weld, I prefer to use my turntable.

For this video, I am using an AHP alphatig 200x tig welder.
I bought my turntable off ebay several years ago and it is part of a welding lathe setup.
for this video, I am only using the positioner portion of the lathe but in future segments, i will set up the whole system with a tail stock and torch holder.

TIG, MIG, and Stick Welding Tips from the 2015 DVD set

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I am guessing that if you are reading this, at least one of the next few statements describes you.

“I learn by getting my hands dirty.”
“Just show me how and then let me try it.”
“I have slight issues with authority and dont like a lot of rules.”

(All three are true about me)

Another thing I am guessing about you is that you want to improve your skills.

Otherwise , why you you even be here reading this?

Well, you are in the right place because I am all about improving welding skills….Including my own.

That is one of the things I like about welding is that there is always something new to learn…..Always.

…and Videos are a very valuable tool for learning…I even learn from watching my own videos because while I am editing a video, I usually see something I didnt even notice while welding and shooting the video.

I miss a few things when I have my arms wrapped around a camera, but when I watch later, I see new details…and its instructive for me too.

One thing I have learned after teaching people to weld for over 20 years is…

We Welders are a different breed.

We typically learn by watching and by doing. Not just by reading.

In fact, you cannot learn to weld by just reading.

You have to get in there and do it.

And when it comes to welding, the best learning often happens just by looking over someones shoulder and then trying it yourself. Especially when the someone showing you is explaining things to you in plain talk.

Video often works even better than looking over someones shoulder.


Because with a Welding DVD, you can replay key scenes as many times as you want.

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when I was in welding school, I was lucky to get one or two hands on demonstrations per week. The instructors were spread pretty thin back then and still are today.

I would have loved having a video to watch over and over to get me past those sticking points.

What is the one thing that makes all the difference in a good welding video?

Is it awesome graphics? ripple dissolve transitions between scenes? A deep radio voice on the narration?

Not for me.

I have purchased several welding DVD’s for myself and none of that stuff ever impressed me.

How about clear shots of the welding puddle and arc along with plain talk explaining what is going on?

Thats what makes for a good welding video.

If I can see a good arc shot along with an explanation and some basic machine settings, thats all I need.

I talked with a welding instructor recently who ordered several hundred dollars worth of welding training videos from an educational website.

The videos were horrible…He was so disappointed when he first watched them because of the college professors monotone narration and lousy arc shots. His students hated them too so he put them in a drawer.

You wont have that problem with this Welding DVD.

I am no College Professor…No PhD here

I am a welder.

I dont use fancy terms, and I hate overly complicated explanations of anything.

But here is what you can expect in this Welding DVD set…

Over 7 hours of welding videos showing all kinds of different types of welding tasks that were done in a real job shop over a 12 month period.
Arc shots that are instructive and explained by a regular guy.
a mix of carbon steel, stainless, and aluminum welding shots.

It took 4 DVD discs to fit all these videos.

So whats on these 4 Discs?

scroll down and check it all out.

Disc 1 – TIG
1. TIG Steel – Pedal Pulse
2. Open Butt Root Tips
3. 2F Lap Joint Carbon Steel
4. Tips for 2F Tee Joints
5. Machine Shop Weld Repairs
6. Gravy Job: Carbon Steel w/ Positioner
7. Gravy Job: Flange Weld w/ Positioner
8. TIG Welding Thin Aluminum
9. Aluminum with Argon Helium Mix
10. Aluminum with Argon Helium Mix

Disc 2 – TIG
1. Thick Aluminum using DC and Helium
2. Lincoln PowerMig 210MP
3. Tack Welding Thin Aluminum without Filler
4. TIG Welding Aluminum Lap Joints
5. Filler Wire Size, Furick 12 Cup
6. 1″ Aluminum 175 amp, Argon Helium Mix
7. Rods, Storage, Arc Shots
8. Stainless: Walking the Cup vs Tig Finger
9. Stainless to Carbon to A572 w/ 309 Filler
10. Distortion: Tips for Keeping it Square
11. Shaft Keyway and Carbide Precipitation

Disc 3 – MIG & Stick
1. Problems MIG Welding Downhill
2. Downhill MIG Welding Part 2
3. MIG on Saturday: Gases & Weld Symbols
4. MIG Aluminum w/ Spool Gun
5. MIG: Wire Speed & Penetration
6. Quick Tips: MIG Uphill
7. MIG: 3G Vertical Open Root Plate Test
8. MIG w/ CO2 – Lincoln PowerMig 210mp
9. Stick: 7018 Flat & Horizontal
10. Stick: 7018 2G Plate Test
11. Stick: Vertical 7018
12. Stick: 4G Overhead Weld Test
13. Stick: 7018 Multi Pass
14. Stick: 7018 Overhead, Vertical, Horizontal

Disc 4 – Projects
1. TIG Welding Batman
2. TIG Aluminum Expansion Tanks
3. Lift Arc TIG Socket Welds
4. 7018 Stick, Silicon Bronze TIG – Industrial Lamp
5. TIG 6061 T6 Aluminum w/ 4643 Rod
6. TIG Pulse Comparison: Motorcycle Part
7. TIG Rod Rack, Pulse Settings, Speed Tacking…
8. Stainless TIG Build Up, Shaft Repair
9. Welding Cart Project 1
10. Welding Cart Project 2
11. Welding Cart Project 3

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Tig Brazing with Silicon Bronze for light duty fixtures

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Silicon Bronze tig brazing rod has lots of uses.

like build up of worn areas on thin wall tubing, or joining copper alloys to themselves or steels.

But one use is for light duty fixtures.
Silicon Bronze has a much lower melting point than carbon steel and that allows for less heat input and less distortion.

Silicon bronze is also very easy to grind so its handy for prototype work where the weld might need to be removed.
But make sure to note, it is not as strong as weld metal in most applications.
one exception might be for thin wall tubing on bicycles where a large fillet can compensate for the lower tensile strength.

In this video, a small fillet was tig brazed on 1/8″ (3.2mm) thick 2″ leg angle iron.
It did not pass the JD hammer test. On the second blow, it came apart.

So while silicon bronze is pretty strong, and is strong enough for a light duty fixture, it shouldnt be counted on for structural applications.

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