Are you learning the ropes of Mig welding? Maybe you’re a seasoned veteran, either way you are sure to be interested in Mig welding project ideas and what projects are best suited for Mig welding. Today we will talk about what projects are best suited for Mig welding and also give you some Mig welding project ideas to work with.
By understanding the projects that Mig welding is best utilised for, you will get a clear understanding of the projects you should be looking for. On top of this, the Mig welding project ideas we give you will help you start building your portfolio of work.
So what projects are best suited for Mig welding?
Technically you would have to say any projects involving mild steel of a thin gauge, but there is more to take into account. Projects that involve spot and seam welds are a great way forward, using a mix of both allows you to improve your welding overall, rather than concentrating on improving one facet of your welding skills.
Initially you will want to use projects that involve easy to weld plate steel if you are a beginner, but as you get comfortable with Mig welding you can then move to welding box section and angle iron to create more intricate items.
Beginners Welding Project – shelving:
This project requires 1 length of box section and a small sheet of thin gauge metal. Firstly cut 4 lengths of box section to 300 mm, weld two of these together to produce an L shape, repeat with the other two lengths of box section.
Take the thin gauge steel and cut a length of 800 mm by 350 mm. Now weld the two box section stations to the underside of your steel sheet so you have one length of the L pointing down at each end.
Now you have a shelf for your workshop. To put this up use a drill to put two holes through each box section station and screw it to the wall. If you plan on placing heavy items on your shelf you can add a third box section station in the middle of the shelf to give added support.
Intermediate project – small table:
This project uses 2 lengths of angle iron and a Mig welder. Cut four lengths to 800 mm, now cut four lengths to 400 mm. The 400 mm lengths need cutting to a 45 degree angle at each end. Now you can put these together and weld to produce a square. The 800 mm lengths need to be placed inside each corner and welded to produce your legs. Once welded you can use an angle grinder to sand down the weld to make your table clean and flush, this will give your table a great finish once complete.
Now all you need to do is paint your table, find some stick pads to protect the table top and a piece of glass to be the table top.
Advanced project – weights rack:
This project takes 4 lengths of angle iron to create; you also need a Mig welder.
To create your weights rack cut four lengths of angle iron to 1000 mm. Now cut one end to a 45 degree angle on all four lengths. You should now be able to put two lengths together by placing the cut ends to produce a V shape, weld these two lengths and repeat with the other two. These V shapes are the legs of your weights rack.
Now cut six lengths of angle iron to 1000 mm, weld three of your lengths at 300 mm intervals on one side of your legs, and ensure that you weld the flat of your angle so you have a small shelf to put your weights on. Add the other legs to the other side of the 3 lengths you just welded. Now you can follow the same process to weld the remaining 3 lengths across the opposite side of your V so you can put weights on both sides.
Mild steel is the perfect material for Mig welding, the smaller the gauge the easier it is to work. You can also diversify by using angle iron and box section as outlined in the projects above.
The mig welding projects outlined are there to help give you an idea of what you can create at each level of your welding experience. By having many different projects in your portfolio it not only helps your development in Mig welding, it also keeps an interest there as you can build many different useful items in your progression from being a beginner to being an advanced welder.
We hope you enjoy the above information and Mig welding project ideas, but above all we hope you enjoy learning and honing your Mig welding skills.