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    Hello from GA

    Hello all. I've been lurking here for a little over a year. My name is John. I teach HS. I have been getting into metal the last few years and really enjoy it. Got a Hobart Handler 190 a couple years ago and futzed around in the garage. I've made a kart stand for my race kart and built a yard kart from scratch. I then taught a class of about 20 HS kids on how to make a yard kart. Believe it or not all three of the karts ran before the end of the 14 day class (only about 3-4 of the kids had any welding/metal/power tool experience.) We had a blast, but it redefined the expression "the blind leading the blind." Most importantly, no injuries!

    I'm not great, heck, I'm not even good. Everything I've done to this point has been flux core. The kart stand and kart were mostly 16 ga 1" sq tube, and I have to believe there are easier ways to start out. I'm excited about finally doing some MIG with gas; I bought a bottle of gas over the summer, then we decided to move houses. New garage didn't have 240v service, but that gets installed tomorrow. () Not sure why I took so long on getting gas. Hopefully the thin wall stuff will be a little easier.

    Between reading the forums and watching YT (Jody, Mr. Tig, TFS, TOT, etc.) I've gathered a list of things I want to make.

    Steevo (Garage Journal) style workbench
    Chairs for kitchen island
    Trailer for kart/camping
    Hat Rack
    HF portable band saw table
    Firewood Rack
    Fab table
    Fun bike rack for kids' bikes
    Jack stands
    Pit wagon for the race track

    While those are still mild steel, I am looking forward to trying out some thicker materials and different shapes. Maybe one day I'll try thin AL.

    Anyhoo, hello. I'm mostly a lurker, but I thought I'd at least introduce myself before I start any threads. Hope everybody had a safe new year!

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    Re: Hello from GA

    Hi John, from NW Ga.

    Welcome to the forum. It sounds like you are gaining lots of good experience and seeking knowledge from good sources. Lots of good info here.

    I built an old fashioned mini bike from scratch a few years ago. One of my favorite projects. It’s great getting young people in the shop. Most have no idea how much fun it is.

    I look forward to seeing your projects.
    Burt
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    Re: Hello from GA

    Welcome!
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    Re: Hello from GA

    Welcome

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    Re: Hello from GA

    Welcome John
    I'm 60 miles east of ATL. Can't weld worth a darn but enjoy working on machines.
    There is a great knowledge base here. I'm amazed at the wide range of items covered.
    Kirby

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    Re: Hello from GA

    Thanks, guys.

    Welder is ready to go once again!! Unfortunately, I had to leave town for the weekend, but it wouldn't have mattered anyway bc I wouldn't have had anything to weld. Local steel supply says they got nothing under 2" square other than 3/16" wall! Havent bought steel in a while but can't wait to see how expensive .083 wall will be when it does come in.

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    Re: Hello from GA

    Drive an hour up I-75 to Dalton. No shortage of steel here. Prices are up though.
    Burt
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