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🀠 Rodeo Roundup 2018 Week #15

πŸ”Œ Welding Class #10

After last weeks frustration with my lack of progress MIG welding, I was determined to do better. And I did! This time I didn't get blinded as much. And my movements were more fluid.

Perhaps it helped that I started out on the 1/8" steel. This thicker material requires bigger welds and less precise movement. My first filler weld wasn't great though. I tried to fuse the pieces together with a stringer bead and invariably ended up on either piece, never fully fusing both. It wasn't until I switched to a weave β€”at the advice of our teacher, that I started producing quality filler welds.

First attempt of the evening. Notice the poor 90ΒΊ corner weld.

A- welding!

Once I had honed my skills on the 1/18" steel I was able to produce nice welds on the thinner 18 gauge steel too! At the end of the evening, I submitted them for grading and received an A- on both. I'm happy with those grades. And I know I can get better, which the grades perfectly reflect.

🚜 On the Farm

Little progress on the farm this week. We received a long-awaited load of 3 cubic yards of drainage rock on Fri. I had stopped working on the retaining wall when I ran out of drainage rock. Yet I didn't do much work on the retaining wall after the load arrived. Next weekend!

I did restain an Ikea bench that didn't fare so well outside this winter.

Sanding off the peeling finish

Ready for a new stain

Applying the first coat

First coat in the wrong color

Final finish matches the rest of our outdoor furniture

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Bart Teeuwisse

Bart Teeuwisse

Born & raised in the Netherlands just > sea level. Climbed extensively in the European alps. Traveled ½-way around the 🌍 to New Zealand. Now living Santa Cruz, CA & working in Silicon Valley.

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