View Full Version : A tubing drill I thought I'd share

11-19-2015, 09:01 PM
I'm often asked for ways to practice welding tubing. This is one I do, especially if I've had a long stint of AC and I'm going back to DC or vice versa. It's good for getting my mind back in steel mode or aluminum mode or whatever. I take three 6" (15 cm) long pieces of tubing, cope a 60* on each end, and tack them up in an equilateral triangle. It's challenging to get in the acute angles. You can test your stickout/gas lens/flow rate for best results. I always save the sides for last because I like doing those the most.

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/629/22735572708_005e8426c3_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/AD4KEU)
Practice (https://flic.kr/p/AD4KEU) by Mike Zanconato (https://www.flickr.com/photos/zanconato/), on Flickr

And here's what happens when you get sloppy and lose your gas coverage going around a corner on titanium.

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/606/23129611015_56a5e1823c_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/BeTiwP)
arrrrrrrrgh (https://flic.kr/p/BeTiwP) by Mike Zanconato (https://www.flickr.com/photos/zanconato/), on Flickr

Anyhoo, just wanted to share. Hope it helps somebody along the way.

11-19-2015, 09:19 PM
Nice practice idea :)

John T
11-20-2015, 12:39 AM
sloppy looks awesome... :laugh:

11-20-2015, 01:42 AM
Amazing work, drop dead gorgeous!
Excellent idea,

11-20-2015, 08:07 AM
those beads look great..whats wrong with the area of lost gas coverage? the bluing of the metal?

11-20-2015, 09:18 AM
Yes, exactly. Bad torch angle and poof.

11-20-2015, 11:12 AM
other than a color difference, does it affect weld strength or the metal?

11-20-2015, 12:10 PM
Yes, with titanium, the contamination destroys the properties of the base metal.

11-20-2015, 10:18 PM
I see the cracks Zank.......:rolleyes: I would still ride it....lol


11-20-2015, 11:46 PM
Zanks practice is just a hair away from being something useful. I really find the shape pleasing. In a way it reminds me of the A-style logo.