I got interested in welding a number of years ago for DIY projects. I took some adult continuing ed classes at a local community college. We started with stick, then tig, and a bit of mig. I liked tig the most. I bought an Everlast 255 Stick,Tig & plasma machine. Later I got a Miller 211 mig machine. It had been at least a year since I did any welding. I need a cart to hold wood and metal stock, so I came up with this design. Its 4' wide by 12' long. Though not fully shown, each of the cross members in the A frames will have 1/2" L runners between them. That will have masonite on it to make sliding stock in and out easier. The A frames are 1" 14ga. The base is 1x3 11ga, covered with 18ga sheet. I'll lean plywood and sheet metal up against the A frames. This will live outside, since I have not other space for it. At some point I hope to make a canvas cover for it. A tarp will do in the mean time.
Sorry. the forum isn't bringing in the pictures inline, but if you click on the links, they show up. Dropbox won't allow them to be shown inline. Grrrr.
Here I'm getting ready to do the first A frame. I practiced a fair bit with scraps, but the first 2 A frames have butt-ugly welds. They are begging to be ground down and fixed up. After that I got much better. Not professional level good, but not too ugly either.
The cart does not need to look great, but it is a good excuse to learn how to paint with an LVLP paint gun. I wanted to strip all the mill scale off, but that would be a lot of grinding. I live in a residential neighborhood, so I try to keep the noise down. I didn't want to deal with muriatic acid to strip them, so I built this troth, coated it with liquid rubber, and am using 9% vinegar. Its slow, but with a bit of 220 grit sandpaper to remove the remaining mill scale, it comes out nice.
I look forward to learning more here.