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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Fredericton, NB Canada

    Default Ugly Cart Contest - Entry #1

    Well I figured you folks could use a laugh so here's something I lashed together in the woodworking shop out of scraps - I call it "Woody The Welder Cart"

    I've got a brand new Dynasty, and I have yet to be able to fire it up becuase it's just too cold in the garage. I have a woodworking shop that's attached to the garage but I dare not light a match in there or the whole place will go up like a Roman candle with all the sawdust and tinder dry wood scraps etc.

    How cold you are probably wondering - well, the other morning it was -30 - yep MINUS THIRTY outside.

    This cart is based on 2 themes - 1) something that I can use temporarily while I am learning how to weld and 2) No purchase of any materials.

    I started with a 2x4 and spikes table that my father had built about 20 years ago and then started scounging around the woodshop and adding pieces here and there. There's some wood from an old futon bed frame I made in university, some casters that were sitting in a box, etc. In the end, I actually had something. I caught myself laughing on more than one occassion as I was building it.

    Anyway, it got me to thinking - perhaps we should have an ugly cart thread to see if anyone can top this contraption.

    Cheers and thanks for the great forums here - I am learning all sorts of things here while I wait for the winter to pass


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2007

    Question "Wood Welding"

    Lewis: Gives new meaning to "TWIG" welding!

    Hope it warms up for you, if I remember, you got that Dynasty for free?

    It was around Xmas time, and you forgot to get some filler metal as I recall. You should have a blast with it, once it warms up in your shop.

    Let us know how you like it.

    Dave, in sunny, warm Phoenix, Az (+78F)
    "Bonne journe'e mes amis"

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Lake of the Ozarks MO


    to me it isn't ugly....different maybe....but not ugly.

    As far as welding goes you could do your prep in the shop and take the welder into the house and weld on the kitchen table
    Tig is like surgery...clean and pure...esp. if you are single
    Miller Dynasty 700...OH YEA BABY!!
    Miller Dynasty 280 with AC independent expansion card
    Miller Dynasty 200 DX "Blue Lightning"

    Miller Bobcat 225 NT (what I began my present Biz with!)
    Miller 30-A Spoolgun
    Miller WC-115-A
    Miller Spectrum 300
    Miller 225 Thunderbolt (my first machine bought new 1980)
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Austin Tx.


    It's really not ugly at all.
    It is actually kinda cute.
    So is that argon bottle.
    I don't know if it just me or not, but I go thru a lot of argon, tig welding.
    I switched from the medium sized bottle to the largest one
    There is a size in between that I would prefer but my lws says they are rare.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Queens NY


    Actually a really nice cart, but it doesn't inspire confidence in the "Weldor"
    Dynasty 200 DX
    Millermatic 175
    Spectrum 375
    All kinds of Smith OA gear

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    CDB Land, TN


    Nice look cart!!!
    I would have it on fire in no time.
    But that's me, a Thurley dangerous man.
    Be careful with it.
    Be safe

    Give more than you get and
    you will get more than ya need.
    This is true for the good and bad
    that life puts out.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2007


    whats with the base on the argon tank? is it sitting on something or is it part of the tank?


    "Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes"

    Crappy stick welder
    Victor supper range II
    Makita grinder
    more stuff i don't feel like listing.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Delta B.C.


    Quote Originally Posted by migwelder05 View Post
    whats with the base on the argon tank? is it sitting on something or is it part of the tank?
    Looks to me like some thing that was turned on a lathe.
    Nice work.

    Fun to play with all mediums.
    Me i like metal, wood, plastics and my jeep.
    Millermatic 135
    Dynasty 200DX

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2008


    What did you use for filler? Ash, Oak or Aspen?
    Weekend wannab racer with some welders.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Fredericton, NB Canada


    Hi gents - thanks for the comments. You know, the more I look at this funny cart the more I think I will invest in a few coats of paint seeing as I am waiting for spring anyway.

    Yes, that's the welder I got for free. And I finally got the filler rod etc. over Christmas, just about time the temps started dropping like a stone around here. I actually considered moving the entire rig into the house and making a little pigtail for the dryer plug but unfortunately I am not single anymore and need to keep the peace

    The bottom of the argon bottle is a little flanged foot of some sort that's part of the bottle. It's thick too - about 1/4" I think. The bottle sits pretty stable but I fashioned up a strap and some saddles (also out of wood ) just to be sure. Based on the date codes on the bottle it looks like this is an old one - I "think" the oldest date is in the late 40s

    I actually had quite a laugh lashing this thing together. It became a "quest" of sorts trying not to buy even so much as a wood screw to put it together. I'm really looking forward to learning how to tig weld when I can get out in the garage with it. In the meantime you may see me pop up with some questions from time to time.

    Dave - I spent a Christmas in Phoenix many years ago - it was the weirdest Christmas I ever had - I mean being able to walk out in your shorts and pick oranges off a tree on Christmas day - just plain wrong as far as I am concerned - hehe.


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