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For various reasons, including the climate, I would like to build my benchwork from 1" square steel tubing. I have found a couple local suppliers. I'm confident I can find a way to get the stuff delivered.
The first obstacle will be getting it up to my apartment. The web site I saw says the stock comes in 6 meter lengths. That's not going to fit in the elevator! I might be able to have it all cut in half at the "steel shop" where I buy it. 3 meters might fit in the elevator, diagonally. I'll have to measure.
Or I can get some rope and some help and hoist it up to my 9th floor balcony using a rope. I've seen people raising and lower couches that way here, believe it or not, my main worry would be to keep from banging against the walls on the way up and damaging the facade. I think I can probably work my way through all this with patience and humor.
The next obstacle is I don't (yet) know how to weld. I might be able to find somebody willing to do a welding house call and bring along a small welding station, but I'd rather be able to do it myself, that way I can take my time, cut pieces one by one, and build up the benchwork carefully rather than having to precut a bunch of pieces and have some guy weld them all together at once and then find out about mistakes.
So, to all the welders out there (looking at Randy S. among others), am I going to be able to learn to weld from watching youtube videos and practicing? Taking a class is out, as I don't speak spanish well enough. I learned how to solder from youtube, so am I going to be able to learn all the necessary precautions to avoid hurting myself, and then gain skill from failure?
I gather from reading that welding tube steel, about 1/16" thick walls, is a fairly mainstream kind of welding task.
So flame me now for thinking I can learn on my own, before I flame myself!
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