August 24th, 2012
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 firstname.lastname@example.org)