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    Yard Art Hobbyist Looking To Improve

    Hello all, Scott from Arizona here. I'm as rookie as they come:

    Harbor Freight Flux Core Welder
    PortaBand Saw
    Cut Off Saw
    Angle Grinders x 2

    My next step is an Oxy/Acetylene setup. At first it will be to spot heat metal for bending, but I want to learn to weld and cut with it too.

    I have 1/3 of a 2-car garage for a shop, so it's mostly my toolbox, a workbench, and little bit of storage for my current welding cart. Outside I have I have another concrete pad with the travel trailer on it - but it's a large flat pad and good to work on. There are 30A and 20A 110V outlets close by for power so that's good.

    I enjoy tinkering and learning practical stuff. The past few months I've had a ball teaching myself how to use the welder, what works and doesn't work, and making junk into stuff to put in the yard.

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    An antique tractor wheel, bottom of a condemned gas bottle, and an old conveyor pulley - a gong for the front yard.

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    The other part of the gas bottle, some scrap steel, a leaf spring, and a harrow disc - gong for the backyard.

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    Some gas pipe, an old sheave, and horseshoes to make a big, lumbering pendulum.

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    This was a fun one - an M134 minigun. Sold it for $140 on Craigslist (does that making me a working artist???) and it paid for the PortaBand saw.

    So that's me - here to learn and ask questions to solve certain problems. Looking forward to it.

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    Re: Yard Art Hobbyist Looking To Improve

    Shootr> Lots of people here who have forgotten more than I've ever known so you'll receive all the help you need and then some.
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    Here's a thread I really believe you'll get a lot out of- https://weldingweb.com/vbb/showthrea...rt-or-projects
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    Re: Yard Art Hobbyist Looking To Improve

    Looks great for an introductory to your creative side
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    Re: Yard Art Hobbyist Looking To Improve

    Nice work. I think you did not charge enough for the minigun. But if you had fun and made some money, great job.

    I am the one that started the thread that Equilibrium mentioned. Feel free to add to that thread, it is for all members to share their work, not just me and my ramblings.
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    Re: Yard Art Hobbyist Looking To Improve

    Quote Originally Posted by Shootr View Post
    Hello all, Scott from Arizona here. I'm as rookie as they come:..
    Your stuff looks great to me.
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    Re: Yard Art Hobbyist Looking To Improve

    You know, I’m not really into yard art but lots of people are. I think these show a lot of imagination and creativity. That is what I enjoy about welding, it is a way to develop a skill to be able to do what you want to do.

    There are endless possibilities and as you learn more your skill will improve. Don’t worry about having the latest and greatest equipment. It is much more about you than the equipment.

    Look at all the posts by Ironheart_ram for some real inspiration of what can be done with scrap and limited equipment. This guy is so awesome!!

    You can see some of my projects at mywelds.com. Maybe you can use some of these ideas.
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    Re: Yard Art Hobbyist Looking To Improve

    Welcome! Nice work! Lots of knowledge here. Enjoy.
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