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Amazing Welding Pic – Hand Welding the Nearly Impossible

August 24th, 2012

Bead of weld laid on .045" dia. stainless steel welding rod

Do we obsess about the quality of details when we fabricate projects?  Absolutely.  And in an environment with so many talented craftsmen, is there a tendency to occasionally show off to establish your place in the pecking order? Guilty.  As evidence, we present the following picture.  For the uninitiated, it takes a bit of explanation.
What you see here is a piece of .045″ T316 stainless steel filler rod.  (If you have a ruler in inches, it’s smaller than the smallest mark, which is 1/16″ or .063″). Without melting this tiny stick of stainless, Doug has TIG welded a bead along it using .023″ T316 stainless steel filler metal and a 3/32 tungsten.  The dime shows you just how incredibly fine this welding is. It hasn’t been cleaned, brushed, or finished in any way. When I asked Doug about this, his response was: “That was my first try; I think I can do better.”

(By the way, if YOU can weld like this, and want to do it for a living, get in touch with



2 Responses to “Amazing Welding Pic – Hand Welding the Nearly Impossible”

  1. Posted by Bob McCarty | August 21, 2013 at 12:56 am

    Looks great but I can weld smaller and more precise than that even

  2. Posted by Andy | August 21, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Ok, Bob! Send some pictures to info AT cut2sizemetals DOT com and we will post them.

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