Making an ARC Welder – Part 1 of 2

When I burned up the wires on my first Metal Melter, I decided to turn the transformer core into a stick welder. But one transformer wasn’t enough to actually make it weld anything. In this project we’ll be modifying 2 microwave transformers, because more transformers means more power. For this project I scavenged parts from […]

The Scariac (Poor Mans Variable Power Controller)

Mixing water with electricity is typically discouraged, and for good reason, but in this project we’re pumping electricity into water, and a bit of drain cleaner to create a poor mans power controller. You might have heard of a Variac. This is the Scariac. In a couple of other projects, we fashioned a homemade stick […]

Making an ARC Welder – Part 2 of 2

In part 1 of this project, we scavenged some parts from household appliances, and modified them so we could weld metal. In this project, we’ll be rigging up the electrical system, and adding some finishing touches so that our homemade stick welder is ready for operation. I started this project with a scrap piece of […]

DIY Corner Clamp / Jig (Updated Version Available) Superseded

I have already started on this project but thought other people might be interested I’m going to make a corner clamp Just a piece of metal. I can use regular C clamps like this Clamp stuff to it at 90 degrees which is useful This is 8 x 8 inch that I made a while […]

Homemade Stick Welder – From Microwave Parts!

I found this microwave in my neighbors garbage can. So I took it home, and turned into an AC stick welder. In this project, we’ll be testing out this contraption to see if it actually works. Because if it does, we’ll have the metal welding power to make a puzzle for entertaining guests, or build […]