Five DIY Welding Projects You’ll Absolutely Love
Welding as a hobby can be much more than just a form of artistic expression – it can be a source of extra income too! Ever wondered how all those beautiful pieces of metal art, metal furniture, or custom bikes are made? These types of projects almost always start with a welder, a plasma cutter, safety gear such as a welding helmet and gloves, and a whole lot of creativity.
The welding projects listed below are more advanced in nature, so if you’re still learning the basics, we would recommend mastering the basics and bookmarking this article of later fun. For those of you who are up for a challenge, get ready to sink your teeth into some unique and fun projects.
You’ve had enough of simple workshop benches and yard art made from old horseshoes.
You want something bigger, better and more impressive.
We hear you, so we connected with guest blogger Edan Barak of Welding Helmet Pros to walk you through 5 of his favorite welding projects!
1. METAL FIRE PIT
If the words ‘awesome welding project’ and ‘fire pit’ don’t sound to you like they belong in the same sentence, then think again. You don’t have to stop at a basic fire pit with solid sides for this job (although that would be an ideal starting point for beginners).
Instead, you could:
- Shape your metal and create cut-out designs which would give a silhouette effect
- Attempt some interesting fire pit shapes such as spheres, rather than simple barrel or box styles.
- Fashion some metal ‘flames’ to sit in the bottom of your fire pit to add texture and dimension to your real fire!
The possibilities with this idea are endless – and the best part is that the more intricate your design is, the more awesome it will look! For an easier option try this cool fire pit made from a Steel Tread Plate/Sheet. Get the instructions here.
2. METAL BBQ SMOKER
You might have already considered welding a BBQ grill, but a BBQ smoker takes it to the next level! Some might say that a smoker is actually simpler to create than a grill, but being able to say that you’ve made your own smoker is something to be proud of. Not only is this a fun project to sink your teeth into, but it also gives you an excuse to get your buddies round for a bite to eat! See how Phil & Lou created theirs here.
3. METAL SKELETON WALL CLOCK
A large wall clock is the sort of small project that you can knock out in one afternoon – but it is a great addition to any room. Essentially, you’ll be welding the clock’s frame – you’ll need to buy the actual clock face to fit in place. On one hand this could be a small, detailed, delicate job, but on the other hand you could give your design a tougher, industrial feel to make a unique feature on your wall.
Play with size and scale or materials like Copper, Brass, Nickel and Beryllium Copper, even add a mirrored back to get a unique look that makes a statement. Although experienced welders will handle this with ease, it’s a great idea for beginners who are looking for something a bit more fun and creative. Make one like the examples here or try OnlineMetals DIY Galvanized Metal Wall Clock
4. METAL MOUNTAIN BIKE
Building your own mountain bike frame is a fantastic way to combine two hobbies: welding and cycling. This is best-suited for advanced welders, but if you have the skills then it is 100% possible you could end up with a frame that is usable. Finish it off with some artistic flourishes or a bold paint job for a totally unique bike frame that has your personality written all over it! Pithy Bikes has a full video play list walking you through the steps of welding your own bike.
5. METAL SEATING
Metal furniture looks beautiful inside your home yet is durable and weather resistant for your backyard. There are a ton of meat seating projects that range in style – from a sleek modern look to industrial to rustic – and require varying levels of skill. Welding your own furniture allows the creation of a custom piece that’s sure to impress all your friends. A garden bench looks impressive but can actually be easier than you think. A basic frame with slots for wooden slats to form the seat and back is a simple option that’s perfect for any outdoor space. Adding more ornate metal elements can really show off your welding skills. The best thing about metal seating is that it’s actually useful! And if you really want to show off your creativity you can try these innovative designs.
We hope these projects sparked some interest from the creative welders out there and we would love to share the unique projects you are taking on this summer. Message us on instagram @onlinemetals and we will share your latest creation the rest of The Creators out there.