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Finally got a welder for the homestead. Need project ideas.

 
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After to many years of wanting one I finally got a good 240v arc welder to keep at my place giving me the ability to create untold amount of tools. My first major project that I've already started on is an outdoor wood fired forced air furnace. After that is some sort of grader to pull behind the atv.

I'm wondering what all projects you have built or dreamed of for your homesteads.

All the material I will use will be scrounged as im cheap and don't like buying things that i can find/make, i do have access to a few metal scrap piles.
 
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It's not really a thing most people plan out, I think. If you are like me, opportunities will not be shy at presenting themselves for a welder to be put to use. But you might look at the PEP badge stuff. Some of them cover some welding, like a "kindling cracker".
 
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Oh, I always dreamed of making my own gates. Some pretty, some just useful.

Unfortunately, the welder I have is really small, and most likely I won’t be able to do anything sturdy with it. I’ve been making small repairs here and there...

Post pictures of your work, some if us would appreciate it and get inspired☺️.
 
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Per Jordan's comment, the Metalworking badge in the PEP system has a bunch of welding projects that you could do to earn some badges:  Metalworking Badge
 
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Marc, congratulations on getting your welder. It’s true that the projects will find you, be they repairs or actual constructions.  But here are a couple places where I’ve shared some useful things I’ve made.  On these threads, other people shared their projects too. (Please add pics of your own, when you’ve done them.)

There are a few welded ones on here…
https://permies.com/t/102321/Small-homemade-gadgets

There’s a firewood rack I made for our porch that you can see if you scroll down on this page…
https://permies.com/t/102420/Homemade-Rigs-Equipment-Apparatus
 
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I don't know how much fencing you have, but I really like "pass throughs" in my fence line, so a person can duck through or climb over, without letting livestock out.  I believe they call them stiles in Europe.  I like mine as fixed H frame pipe inserted in the fence line.  No hinges or moving parts.  The gap between the middle bars are large enough to duck down and swing a leg over before stepping thourgh.  It keeps foot traffic off the fence wire and helps get a good stretch on the wire on longer runs.  



Easy weld project and very functional.
 
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Marc, may I suggest you post some pics of your progress with the outdoor furnace? Along with anything you'd care to say about your design concept, interesting or tricky parts of the construction process, and the like. For instance, did you buy most of the materials new? or find a lot of them as scarp?

My suggestion would be to add to this existing thread: https://permies.com/t/102420/Homemade-Rigs-Equipment-Apparatus
 
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I would try to weld broad forks out of bedrails, garden carts out of bike parts,  biochar retorts out of water heaters and  a sawmill out of whatever I could get my hands on.
 
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Joel Bercardin wrote:Marc, may I suggest you post some pics of your progress with the outdoor furnace? Along with anything you'd care to say about your design concept, interesting or tricky parts of the construction process, and the like. For instance, did you buy most of the materials new? or find a lot of them as scarp?

My suggestion would be to add to this existing thread: https://permies.com/t/102420/Homemade-Rigs-Equipment-Apparatus



I will definitely start a thread up once I get it going (should be within a month) it is made 100% from recycled materials.
 
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William Bronson wrote: I would try to weld broad forks out of bedrails, garden carts out of bike parts,  biochar retorts out of water heaters and  a sawmill out of whatever I could get my hands on.



I already welded up a broad fork a couple years ago but could use a smaller fork, also have diy'd a garden trailer. A sawmill is definitely on my wish list but one of the limiting factors for me is the only trees that grow around here are short scraggly aspen.
 
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Perhaps a longer term project.  Always thought it would be interesting to use a snowblower in the summer.....for mowing.  The photo below snapped from a YouTube video, it shows a walk-behind snowblower with the auger housing removed for repair.  Wondering if there would be any way to attach a mower deck with a 90-degree angle gearbox.  Essentially like a tractor mower that runs off the tractor PTO, but in this case the mower is out front.  The concept exists in the (expensive!) BCS tiller line (second photo), but was wondering if a budget version could exist for the average push snowblower.
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I finally got around to building a subsoiler a while back....
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Pallet/decking puller
 
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You could consider a welding repair business on the side.
I am fortunate I have a collection of different welders and I use them to build and repair cars, gate frames, columns and trusses for sheds,
I weld bench frames together and make new tools for sale.
Think about saving for a plasma cutter so you can cut steel for broadfork tynes for a start.

 
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John C Daley wrote:You could consider a welding repair business on the side.
I am fortunate I have a collection of different welders and I use them to build and repair cars, gate frames, columns and trusses for sheds,
I weld bench frames together and make new tools for sale.
Think about saving for a plasma cutter so you can cut steel for broadfork tynes for a start.


This is essentially a good idea. I've never hung out a shingle for $ jobs like that myself — there are quite a few guys around here equipped to weld, and some have long been doing it commercially. But i do barter this way... make trades for various sorts of things.
 
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John C Daley wrote:You could consider a welding repair business on the side.
I am fortunate I have a collection of different welders and I use them to build and repair cars, gate frames, columns and trusses for sheds,
I weld bench frames together and make new tools for sale.
Think about saving for a plasma cutter so you can cut steel for broadfork tynes for a start.



I've thought about it and have decided that it would have to be a niche area as there are plenty of people with welders all trying to do the same types of general welding repair and farm work. There could definitely be room for a particular niche though, just have to find it.

One thing I am going to do this winter is make steel fence posts from oilfield sucker rod. I am going to make around 400 for myself but will put them up for sale after I get them done and before I get them in the ground. If they don't sell I won't really care and if they do i will just make more.
 
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The Enemy of progress is the hope of a perfect plan.
Just put up the shingle and see what happens!!!
Passerbys may need help.

What are oil sucker rods?
 
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John C Daley wrote:

What are oil sucker rods?



It is metal rods that come in different widths 24 feet long with connectors on each end that screw together. It is the rod that pumps up and down with an oil well. They are replaced routinely and there is plenty to be had in oil country for cheap. I can get 3/4 inch by 24 foot rods for $6 (thats canadian).
 
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Hey guys,  wonder f any of you might feel like posting pics and some words on this thread:
your homestead shop situation?
 
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