Setting Up A Welding Shop – Metal Shop Projects

Metal Fabrication is the value added method which was involved in the construction of the machines along with the structures fro several raw materials. The fab shop bids into the job, normally based from engineering drawings, and then if the contract is awarded, they can start building the products.

When “Mini” Doesn’t Matter

There was a time when steel fabrication was done by hand. That’s how it started out. But with the advancement of technology and the miracle of science, man was able to invent equipments that make life easier for a metal or steel shaper. Steel fabrication involves lots of steps like embossing, spinning, cupping and the likes. These processes are now made through computer software.

We have discussed the difference between larger lathes and their smaller counterparts. Now, let us consider some important similarities.


Straightening of the twisted steel weldments is done with the use of oxy-acetylene torches and it is somewhat a form of art. Heats are carefully applied on steel in a slower and linear sweeping. The steel will then have net contractions during the cooling period to the direction of the sweep.

If a mini lathe is not really up to task for your plans, purchase a larger piece of equipment. You will save time and money in the long run and you will get better results.

During the welding process sparks and bits of slag can scatter up to 40 feet from the area of welding. This can cause damage to people and create a fire hazard. In your welding shop you build a metal table to do your welding on and stay away from wood or other materials that can catch fire. The welding shop should be in an area that is well ventilated. Welding can generate dangerous gases that need to be removed from the room and smoke as well. Also, bright overhead light needs to be set up and aimed over your welding table. If your auto shop has an extra room with cinder block walls and a concrete floor, you are in luck. This will make an ideal place for your welding shop. You want to avoid any surface that can be damaged or set on fire by sparks and hot slag.

Fabrication contains or overlies with several metal working specialties:

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